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Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, also known as Jean Lesage International Airport (French: Aéroport international Jean-Lesage de Québec, or Aéroport de Québec) (IATA: YQB, ICAO: CYQB) is the primary airport serving the Canadian city of Québec. Located 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) west southwest of the city, it is the eleventh-busiest airport in Canada and the busiest east of Montréal and west of Halifax, with 1,670,880 passengers and 121,680 aircraft movements in 2017. More than 10 airlines offer 360 weekly flights to destinations across Canada, the United States, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.

Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Aéroport international Jean-Lesage de Québec
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
  • WMO: 71708
Airport type Public/Military
Owner Transport Canada
Operator Aéroport de Québec Inc.
Serves Greater Quebec
Location Sainte-Foy, Quebec
Time zone EST (UTC−05:00)
• Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL 244 ft / 74 m
Coordinates 46°47′28″N
Website www.aeroportdequebec.com
CYQB is located in Quebec

Location in Quebec
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 9,000 2,743 Asphalt
11/29 5,700 1,737 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 1,670,880
Passenger change 16-17 3.4%
Aircraft movements 121,680
Movements change 16-17 4.7%


Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. New airport terminal.

The airport was established in 1939, a year after the closure of the Aérodrome Saint-Louis. First established as a training facility for air observers, the first flight occurred on September 11, 1941. First known as the Aéroport de l’Ancienne Lorette, then the Aéroport de Sainte-Foy, and later the Aéroport de Québec, it was renamed to Aéroport international Jean-Lesage in 1993, in honour of the former Premier of Quebec, Jean Lesage. The airport is managed and operated by Aéroport de Québec inc., a non-profit and non-share corporation. The current terminal building has a capacity of 1.4 million passengers annually.

Beginning in 2006, with a budget of $65.8 million, Québec/Jean Lesage International Airport underwent a modernization designed to increase the terminal’s capacity and substantially enhance the level of passenger service. The modernization included a reconfiguration of the terminal on 2 levels, a restructuring of the baggage handling area and arrivals area, as well as a reconfiguration and enlargement of the waiting rooms. Fifty-four percent of the financing was provided directly by Aéroport de Québec inc. Completed in June 2008, the new configuration of the airport now enables it to handle 1.4 million passengers a year.

Based on the passenger figures for 2009 and 2010, it became clear that the terminal building would reach its design capacity by 2012. Aéroport de Québec inc. is therefore planning further investments of nearly $300 million to further expand the terminal building. Presently the terminal has 17 gates: 12 contact gates and 5 walk-out aircraft positions. This number will increase to 24 gates by 2025.

On July 4, 2011, work began on the second phase of the airport expansion, which lasted until 2017. Partially funded through an Airport Improvement Fee, the terminal building doubled the size, at a cost of $224.8 million. The work included an expansion of the international facilities, construction work on the runways, taxiways and de-icing pads, as well as enhancements to customer service facilities. On September 19, 2013, runway 12/30 was renamed to runway 11/29.

The airport charges an Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) to each passenger, it is amongst the highest in Canada at $35 per passenger.

In 2015 the airport was the 12th-busiest airport by total passengers and in 2014 it was the 14th-busiest by aircraft movements in Canada. On 10 March 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the addition of the airport to the list of Canadian airports containing U.S. border preclearance facilities.

Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

Airlines and destinations


It is important to note here that the following companies are users of the airport’s terminal. Many other companies with daily services such as Air Creebec, Air Liaison, Chrono Aviation, Max Aviation, Propair and Strait Air are not using the airport’s terminal facilities but, are intrinsic of the airport’s traffics and statistics.

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Gaspé, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Sept-Îles, Toronto–Pearson, Wabush
Air Canada Rouge Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Air Inuit Kangiqsujuaq, Kangirsuk, Kuujjuaq, Montréal–Trudeau, Quaqtaq, Salluit, Schefferville, Sept-Îles
Air Transat Cancún, Punta Cana
Seasonal: Cayo Coco/Cayo Guillermo, Fort Lauderdale, Holguin, La Romana, Montréal–Trudeau, Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Samaná, Santa Clara, Varadero
American Eagle Seasonal: Chicago–O’Hare (begins June 6, 2019), Philadelphia
PAL Airlines Montréal–Trudeau, Sept–Îles, Wabush
Pascan Aviation Bonaventure, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Mont-Joli, Saint-Hubert, Sept-Îles, Wabush
Porter Airlines Toronto–Billy Bishop
Sunwing Airlines Cancún, Cayo Coco/Cayo Guillermo, Puerto Plata, Varadero
Seasonal: Holguin, Miami, Puerto Vallarta (begins December 17, 2018), Punta Cana, Rio Hato, Santa Clara
United Express Newark
Seasonal: Chicago–O’Hare
WestJet Encore Toronto–Pearson


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Feeder
operated by Morningstar Air Express
UPS Feeder
operated by SkyLink Express
Glencore Kattiniq/Donaldson


Passenger statistics and aircraft movements for Jean Lesage International Airport
Year Total passengersA Aircraft Movements
2000 672,829 142,612
2001 642,767 151,650
2002 610,568 135,646
2003 628,545 116,523
2004 715,106 109,180
2005 793,735 101,367
2006 802,263 109,031
2007 899,612 119,441
2008 1,022,862 125,512
2009 1,035,026 128,890
2010 1,190,088 126,856
2011 1,313,432 128,748
2012 1,342,840 133,675
2013 1,475,717 118,265
2014 1,574,699 112,468
2015 1,584,713 110,345
2016 1,615,750 116,190
2017 1,670,880 121,680
  • Statistics prior to 2009 are from "Transport Canada". From 2009 on statistics are from Aéroport de Québec (ADQ). Transport Canada’s statistics are consistently higher than those of ADQ.


Public transportation to the airport is infrequently provided by Réseau de transport de la Capitale route 78 to Terminus Les Saules, west of the centre of Quebec City.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 9 September 1949, Canadian Pacific Airlines Flight 108 on a flight from Montreal to Baie-Comeau with a stopover in Quebec City crash-landed east of Quebec City when a bomb exploded on-board shortly after departing from Quebec City Jean Lesage Airport (then known as L’Ancienne-Lorette Airport), killing all 19 passengers and 4 crew. The incident and trial that followed up would be later known as the Albert Guay affair.
  • On 29 March 1979, Québecair Flight 255, a Fairchild F-27, crashed after take-off killing 17 and injuring 7.
  • On 23 June 2010, a Beechcraft A100 King Air of Aeropro (C-FGIN) crashed north of the airport just after taking off from Runway 30 (now runway 29), killing all seven people on board.
  • On 12 October 2017, for the first time in North America, a drone collided with a passenger plane. The drone struck the turboprop passenger plane operated by Skyjet Aviation while it was on approach. The drone was operating above the 90m flight height restriction and within the 5 km exclusion zone around airports, violating drone operating regulations.
  • As of 28 August 2018, NO evidence has been provided to verify the reported incident of any drone strike actually occurred. The Canadian Transport Safety Authority has not investigated this incident and it was only ‘confirmed’ by Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau — and done so without any official investigation or evidence concluded from any official investigation. In fact according to Transport Canada’s official incident database, the reported incident occurred at 2,400ft altitude and the database says the aircraft was about 6.1nm (11.3km) from the runway at the time of impact; indicating clear errors in the facts as stated by Canada’s Transport Minister. Prior claims made by the office of the Transport Minister, regarding drone strikes against aircraft have subsequently been regarded by Canada’s own aviation safety investigations authority as having most probably not likely to have occurred given review of all available evidence. Official Transport Canada correspondence continue to reference reports and incidents in manners which have been officially concluded with results that disprove and contradict the positions published by the office of the Transportation Minister.

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General Info
Country Canada
Time UTC-5(-4DT)
Latitude 46.791111
46° 47' 28.00" N
Longitude -71.393333
071° 23' 36.00" W
Elevation 244 feet
74 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 017° W (02/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Second Sunday in March at 0200 to first Sunday in November at 0200 local time (Exception Arizona and that portion of Indiana in the Eastern Time Zone)

TWR 118.65
RDO 123.55
(123.55 abv 12,500'.)(126.7 blw 12,500'.)
GND 121.9
ATIS 134.6
TRML CON 124.0
(185.65 Quebec Twr VFR acft at or blw 3000'.)
Communications Remarks
TWR Emerg only 418-871-7691.
ATIS C418-871-6893.
A/D (APP/DEP svc)

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
06/24 9000 x 150 feet
2743 x 46 meters
12/30 5700 x 150 feet
1737 x 46 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VORTAC YQB QUEBEC 075X 112.8 10.9 NM 079.0
NDB QB QUEBEC - 230 3.8 NM 066.3

Fuel JP-4, Wide cut turbine fuel MIL Spec T-5624

Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

Jet B+, wide cut turbine fuel with icing inhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

CAUTION Twy D ctl-but not visible fr twr. Twy F and I unctl. Poor drainage Rwy 12-30 fr thld Rwy 30 to Twy J, risk of hydroplaning. Twin ant aprx 2035' N of thld Rwy 24, 140' AGL, only one is painted and lgtd.
FUEL A1+ (Trans-Sol Air Svc, C418-877-6708.) (NC-100LL, B, J4)
JASU 1(10/15-civ type electric start 1000/1500 amp).
LGT PAPI Rwy 12-30 and 24, 12 lgt unit for acft with eye-to-wheel hgt up to 25'. PAPI Rwy 12 offset 12 to the S. Rwy 24 apch lgt nstd 2800'.
MISC Twy J no win maint.
RSTD C5 not auth Rwy 06.

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