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YQB to offer its passengers a new and improved retail environment

04 jul

Québec City, July 5, 2017 – When the new international terminal building opens next December, the retail space in the new infrastructures at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) will be operated by four concession holders.


"A new retail environment is an important component in the YQB 2018 project. Our passengers are excited about discovering their new airport building and we can feel a growing sense of enthusiasm in the community," says Gaëtan Gagné, president and CEO of Aéroport de Québec Inc. "The concessions announced today match the requirements of a world-class airport and offer passengers a retail experience that reflects the most recent airport trends, providing a wide range of products and services with a local, but also national and international, outlook."


  1. Duty-free store


Multinational corporation Aer Rianta International (ARI), which operates duty-free stores in airports around the world, will enhance the retail experience at YQB. Commenting on the win Aer Rianta CEO Jack MacGowan said “ARI has had a long and very successful association with Canada and in particular Québec since 1998. It’s a region we know really well and we have built up an exceptional understanding of the passenger demographic over the past 20 years of operations there”. The new duty-free store will be four times larger, up from 100m2 to 400m2, and will offer a range of luxury products, from makeup, perfume, sunglasses and accessories to a wide selection of wines and spirits.


  1. Convenience store


Paradies Lagardère Travel Retail (Relay), already present at YQB, will occupy a larger space with a completely new layout. Once the work on Phase 2 is completed, in addition to a vast airside store there will also be a groundside Relay counter. Both outlets will offer passengers a range of magazines, books, drinks, snacks and travel items. "Paradies Lagardère is thrilled to have been selected to extend our relationship with Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport and add a second Relay store,” said Gregg Paradies, President and CEO of Paradies Lagardère." A global leader in the travel essentials market with more than 1,200 shops across 20 countries, Relay is a recognized and welcomed brand that will continue to provide YQB travelers with quality travel essential items, great souvenirs and outstanding customer service.


  1. Restaurant services


The new terminal will also have a local touch provided by caterer Nourcy, Comptoir & Traiteur, which will operate two businesses. The stunning, asymmetrical bar area at the heart of the new airside space will be run by this Québec City firm, offering a range of simple but refined meals. Nourcy will also manage the groundside café-restaurant once the final construction work is completed in 2019. "Nourcy is very proud of its partnership with the Québec City airport for its new terminal project. We think that Nourcy will bring a local and vivifying touch to this key location in Québec City", says Michel Bellavance, owner of the Nourcy chain.


  1. Foreign exchange


International Currency Exchange (ICE), already present at YQB, will continue to operate two foreign exchange counters both airside and groundside. They will be completely redesigned and move to the new international zone.


Overview of work phases in the YQB 2018 project


The first phase of work in the YQB 2018 project, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017, involves the construction of a new building northeast of the existing terminal. It will welcome its first passengers in December 2017, and this announcement covers only the businesses that will operate in this specific sector.


Phase 2 of the project involves changes to the layout of the existing terminal, and this is the sector where the future food court and family zone, among other attractions, will be located. The names of the businesses concerned will be announced in due course.


The YQB 2018 project is the biggest extension and improvement project ever launched in the history of Aéroport de Québec Inc. An investment of $277 million will be made to extend the site and, above all, support the growth of the Québec City airport. To meet the highest standards in the airport industry and offer the best possible passenger experience, YQB 2018 includes over a dozen separate construction projects and various information technology programs.


For a virtual tour of the terminal and the new concessions announced above, visit our virtual reality platform or the sketches of the new spaces.


About Aéroport de Québec Inc. (AQi)

AQi is the private corporation responsible, since November 1, 2000, for the management, operation, maintenance and development of YQB. Over a dozen carriers use YQB to offer connections to North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe, and daily flights to the main hubs in eastern North America.



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Mathieu Claise
Director, communications and public relations
Aéroport de Québec inc.
Phone: 418 640-2700, extension 2625