This was a big year for the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). Our can-do spirit was on full display as we celebrated our 75th anniversary. And YQB has great things in store! Here are seven events that stood out in 2016.
7 – Quebec’s industrial parks meet at YQB
On October 12, more than 350 Québec business people gathered at YQB for the meeting of Corporation des parcs industriels de Québec. An unqualified success, it was one of the Corporation’s most popular events of the year.
6 – FOAM chooses YQB
Marking its 10th anniversary, the International Association of Airport Executives Canada chose Québec City for the site of its annual Facility, Operations and Airport Managers (FOAM) conference. As the event host, YQB took the opportunity to share our best practices and highlight our Passenger First® value.
5 – New website and rebranding
In 2016, we unveiled the Québec City airport’s new, inclusive visual identity that highlights our key value: Passenger First ®. The new website has been designed with our passengers’ needs in mind and won the Boomerang award for best website in its category.
4 – Another record year at YQB
In 2016, YQB experienced growth for the 14th consecutive year, with a 2 % increase in traffic. This record is all the more remarkable given that the airport already has been operating at full capacity during peak hours for many years.
3 – Runway intersection repairs
To ensure the safety of all passengers, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport is completing a series of runway repairs. The intersection of two runways was rebuilt in under two weeks, from June 6 to 18, with work carried out around the clock.
2 – 75th anniversary of the Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport
On September 8, 2016, more than 350 Québec City business and community leaders gathered at YQB to celebrate their airport’s 75th anniversary. Located in L’Ancienne-Lorette, the site first went into operation as a Canadian military airfield during World War II. The first flight was on September 11, 1941—the airport’s first official day of operation.
1 – Official approval of a U.S. preclearance center at YQB
Another one for the history books: 2016 will be remembered as the year the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport got approval for a U.S. preclearance center. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement during a visit to Washington D.C. on March 10, 2016, alongside U.S. president Barack Obama.