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Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

The airport handled 1.19 million passengers and recorded more than 126,620 aircraft movements in 2010.


Quebec, Canada





Passenger Traffic

1.19 million (2010)


Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport is located 11km from Québec city in Canada. It was first established in 1939. It is owned by Transport Canada and operated by Aéroport de Québec.

The airport handled passenger traffic of 1.19 million and recorded more than 126,620 aircraft movements in 2010.

Airport master plan

The master plan of the airport was prepared in June 2010. It forecasted that the passenger traffic will increase to three million people a year by 2035. It therefore proposed the expansion of the existing terminal to 49,000m2, increasing the walk-out aircraft gates to 30 and renovation of the terminal in order to meet the growth in passenger traffic. It also proposed improvements to aprons and taxiways, and increasing the parking spaces to 4,000 by 2035. A new fuel storage and service facility location is also proposed.


"A three-year long project for the modernisation of airport infrastructure was proposed in March 2011."

A three-year long project for the modernisation of airport infrastructure was proposed in March 2011. The project will be funded with $21.6m each from the federal government and the airport authority. It will include extension and widening of two paved strips, upgrading the underground utilities and construction of new taxiways.

A $65.8m terminal expansion project was initiated at the airport in 2006. It was completed in June 2008. The expansion was designed by GPC Architect Consortium. It included reconfiguring the two levels of the terminal, restructuring the baggage handling and arrivals areas, and reconfiguring and expanding the waiting rooms. The expansion increased the passenger handling capacity of the airport to 1.4 million people per year.

Terminal features

The airport has a two-level passenger terminal, which has an annual capacity of 1.4 million people. The first level of the terminal contains an international and domestic flight arrivals area, check-in counters, money exchange and ATMs.

The second level includes a VIP lounge, restaurants, bars, cafes, newsagent/tobacconist, gift shop, car rental service, free wireless internet service and facilities for disabled people. The terminal also includes 13 gates, four airbridges and 11 aircraft stands.

Baggage handling systems

The airport is equipped with Destination Coded Vehicles (DCV) for automatic baggage handling and sorting. The DCV baggage systems were installed by Verreault.

Air traffic control system

A new air traffic control (ATC) tower and complex was opened at the airport in 1997. The ATC services are provided by Nav Canada.

"The airport has two runways paved with asphalt that total 4,516m in length."


The airport has two runways paved with asphalt. The first runway (06/24) is 2,743m in length and the second runway (12/30) is 1,737m long.

Maintenance facilities

AVJET, Avitair / Trans-Sol Avtn and Esso / Exxon are the three fixed based operators (FBOs) at the airport. The airport has a total aircraft fuel storage capacity of 900,000L.

In August 2011, ExelTech Aerospace was awarded with a C$17m contract to perform major maintenance, and structural inspections and repairs to Piedmont Airlines-operated aircraft at Dash 8 Heavy Maintenance Facility at the airport.

Ground transportation

The airport has many ground transportation facilities available. RTC bus 78 regularly provides transportation from the airport to the city centre. The four authorised taxi service companies Taxi Coop Quebec, Taxi Coop Sainte-Foy-Sillery, Taxi Laurier and Taxi Quebec offer round-the-clock taxi services at the airport.

Transportation is also provided by four limo service companies: Groupe Limousine A-1, Limousine Robert Boucher, Service de limousine Aristo Car and Service de limousine Guy Samson.

Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Alamo and National car rental service companies are located in the main floor of the terminal building.


A car park is located in front of the terminal building. The airport has 700 short-term and 300 long-term parking spaces available. It also has parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities.

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