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Runway repairs : moving through the last steps

18 may

Réfections des pistes

To ensure the safety of all passengers, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) needs to complete a series of runway repairs.

From May 23 to August 9, 2017, the main runway (06-24) will be entirely rebuilt.

At the same time, work will be done to improve surface drainage and keep water from accumulating. The runway markers will be replaced for enhanced aircraft navigation and the lighting systems will be upgraded to LEDs. The lights will also run on two parallel circuits, so pilots have visual cues even in a power failure.

The first phase of the work, to rebuild the intersection of two runways, was completed between June 6 and 18, 2016. Work to rebuild the remaining sections of runway 11-29 continued until July 3, 2016.

The airport remains open and operational for airlines and passengers during the repairs.

Larger aircraft, however, will not be able to operate during some phases of the work, since runway lengths will be restricted. In some cases, airlines may use a different type of aircraft. The airlines were notified early and took the necessary measures to ensure adequate service from Quebec City.

We still invite passengers to contact their airline if they have any questions regarding flight schedules during this period.



Runway repairs stats


•             160,000 m2 of old asphalt removed

•             60,000 tons of new asphalt laid

•             2 plants (1 onsite) to meet demand

•             3,800 m3 of concrete slabs replaced under the pavement layer


•             55,000 m3 excavated to redo the drainage system

•             60,000 m2 of geotextile membrane installed

•             3.5 km of concrete pipe laid


•             Over 80 km of cables

•             88 new high-intensity LED runway lights

•             New approach lighting as bright as the headlights of 45 cars