Regina International Airport

Regina Regional Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerTransport Canada
OperatorRegina Airport Authority
ServesRegina, Saskatchewan
Time zoneCST (UTC−06:00)
Elevation AMSL1,895 ft / 578 m
Coordinates50°25′56″N 104°39′58″W / 50.43222°N 104.66611°W / 50.43222; -104.66611
Public transit accessBus interchange Regina Transit  24
CYQR is located in Saskatchewan
Location in Saskatchewan
CYQR is located in Canada
CYQR (Canada)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 6,200 1,890 Asphalt
13/31 7,901 2,408 Asphalt
Statistics (2022)
Total Passengers764,128

Regina International Airport (IATA: YQR, ICAO: CYQR) is an international airport located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) south-west[1] and 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) west-southwest of the city centre. It is run by the Regina Airport Authority. In 2022, it was the 16th busiest airport in Canada.

The airport is classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).[6] CBSA officers at this airport can handle aircraft with no more than 120 passengers. However, they can handle up to 250 passengers if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.[1]


The 1939 Art Deco administration building and control tower at the Regina Municipal Airport
The Department of Transport-built administration building and control tower at the Regina Municipal Airport
The second Regina airport, in the mid-1960s prior to the enlargement and renovations of 1983-86

Early aviation (1911–28)

The first site in Regina used for flying was the infield at Regina Exhibition Park's horse race track, where visiting barnstormer "Lucky Bob" St. Pierre (a Nebraskan whose real name was "Shaeffer" or "Shaffer") flew a Curtiss Model D biplane in August, 1911. A few other barnstormers, notably aviator Katherine Stinson of the famous aviation family, appeared in Regina and other prairie cities in the years thereafter, but there was virtually no other aviation activity in Western Canada during the First World War.

After the First World War, Reginan Roland Groome returned from military service as a flying instructor in Southern Ontario and, with partners, set up a company called the "Aerial Service Co." Its primitive airfield was located near what is the current intersection of Hill Avenue and Cameron Street in the city's southern Lakeview district. In May 1920, federal government regulators assigned this field the designation of Canada's first licensed "air harbour". Groome also received Canadian commercial pilot's licence No. 1 and mechanic Robert McCombie was given air engineer's licence No. 1.

Current site (1928–39)

The airport site was developed from 1928 to 1930. A terminal building was built in 1940. Scheduled airline service was initially provided by Moose Jaw-based Prairie Airways (in 1938) and then Trans-Canada Air Lines (in 1939).

World War II (1939–45)

In the beginning of the war, the Regina Flying Club was heavily involved in the contract training for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The majority of this training was conducted out of the Regina Municipal Airport. The implementation of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in the early 1940s resulted in the formation of No. 15 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) and RCAF Station Regina at the Airport on November 11, 1940. The School was managed by the Regina Flying Club and was in operation at the site until it was closed on August 11, 1944. From November 1–30, 1945 the former 15 EFTS facilities at the airport were used as a release centre for Airmen leaving the service.[7]


Around 1942, the airport was listed as RCAF & D of T Aerodrome - Regina, Saskatchewan at 50°26′N 104°39′W / 50.433°N 104.650°W / 50.433; -104.650 with a variation of 17 degrees east and elevation of 1,885 ft (575 m). Three runways were listed as follows:[8]

Runway name Length Width Surface
3/21 3,300 ft (1,000 m) 150 ft (46 m) Hard surfaced
12/30 3,725 ft (1,135 m) 150 ft (46 m) Hard surfaced
7/25 3,725 ft (1,135 m) 150 ft (46 m) Hard surfaced

Relief landing field – Brora

The primary relief landing field (R1) for RCAF Station Regina during the war was located north of the city of Regina, at 50°33′46″N 104°38′57″W / 50.56278°N 104.64917°W / 50.56278; -104.64917 (RCAF Brora).[9]

Post-World War II (1945–90)

A new terminal building was erected in 1960. Major renovations to this terminal building were conducted in 1983–86.

Recent history (1990–present)

A $24-million expansion started in January 2004, increasing its capacity to 1.2 million passengers per year. The first stage of the expansion included the expansion of the terminal and includes a larger post-security holding room, another passenger loading bridge, an expansion to the international arrivals area and more baggage carousels. The first phase was completed in August 2005.

The second phase is now under way and includes further expansion for security services and for facilities for new tenants such as stores and eating establishments (including a Tim Hortons). In 2009, construction began on two new jetways, one between gates 5 and 6, to the right of the glass atrium, and the other as an offshoot of gate 1. This is to keep up with airport demand and to further increase passenger comfort and safety in winter months.

Scheduled service

On May 1, 1995, under the Canada-US Open Skies agreement, Northwest Airlines began service to Minneapolis–Saint Paul. United Express then began non-stop service to Chicago O'Hare and Denver. In 1996 WestJet began Boeing 737-200 service. Air Canada, which began scheduled service to Regina in early 1939, ended mainline service into Regina and six other medium-sized Canadian cities in October 2005, turning over these routes to its subsidiary Air Canada Jazz and its fleet of Canadair Regional Jets (CRJ). Mainline service to Toronto returned on November 2, 2008, using the Embraer E-190 aircraft. In the summer of 2010, Air Canada Jazz introduced summer seasonal service between Regina and Ottawa using the CRJ-705 aircraft, as well late in 2013 WestJet Encore started service to Calgary using the Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. Since then, Edmonton and Winnipeg have been added to WestJet's Encore network out of Regina. Starting in the 2014 summer season, WestJet has also added two weekly flights to Las Vegas, one flight on Wednesday, and the other being on Saturday.

In late 2014, United Airlines cancelled service to Chicago, and on February 28, 2015, cancelled service to Denver.[10] In May 2016, Delta Air Lines confirmed that service to Minneapolis would cease on July 31, 2016, ending the last year-round service from Regina to the United States.[11]

For a short period of time in 2016, ultra low-cost carrier NewLeaf (now Flair Airlines) operated flights to and from Kelowna before suspending the service on November 1, 2016. There were then plans to continue the service.[12][13]

As of 2019, the CEO of Regina Airport was in talks with multiple airlines for possible services back to the United States with a 1.55% increase in passengers in 2018. The last scheduled year-long flight to the United States was in 2016 with Delta Airlines flight to Minneapolis International Airport.

Air Canada indefinitely suspended its routes from Regina to Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Saskatoon in June 2020 due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.[14]

Sunwing Airlines also indefinitely suspended routes from Regina to Sun destinations for the 2020/2021 winter season due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. No news has been announced for their return.

Service returned on August 24, 2020, to Toronto and Vancouver with Flair Airlines.[15]

On November 15, 2021, Swoop announced that it would launch a twice-weekly service between Regina and Edmonton starting June 16, 2022.

Since the spring of 2022, Flair Air has suspended its service to Regina and has so far not announced any date for a return. Subsequently, Swoop flew their last flights to Toronto in October 2022, and would not be returning to Saskatchewan as a whole in the summer 2023 season.

Passenger services

Passenger services at YQR are under significant renovation. In late 2013 and early 2014, Regina Airport Authority (RAA) undertook efforts to develop and execute a strategy to improve retail, food and beverage services at Regina International Airport. Services currently include a 24-hour Subway sandwich shop, Tim Hortons Express, Relay (Duty Free) and a fully renovated Rumor Handcrafts shop. In addition, post-security, there is the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, a children's play area, vending machines, free Wi-Fi and a historical display located post-security. There is also a four-currency ATM just prior to security that dispenses US and Canadian dollars, euros, and British pounds.

Presently, the restaurant located on the second floor pre-security is currently closed for renovations. Post-security services for food and beverage are also under construction, a reduced menu is available in the Lounge (post security). From April 1 until October 1, 2015, YQR was working on additional and expanded food service options before and after security, expanded post-security retail services and improved lay-out in the main restaurant to improve traffic flow.[16]

Current Air Terminal Building Food, Beverage & Retail:[17][18]

  • 1st Floor - Pre-security: Brioche Doree, Brick & Mortar
  • 2nd Floor - Post-security: Tim Hortons (Full Menu), Skyway Grill, Skyway Bar & Lounge, Relay, Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge


The RAA Fire Department (with crew of 10) operates from a single fire station housing two Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 ARFF as well as a Rosenbauer AirWolf Rapid Intervention Vehicle in 2012.

In 2012 RAA completed renovations to the existing airport fire hall.[19]

Ground transportation options to/from the airport include taxi, private vehicles, and Regina Transit's Route 24 Airport/Downtown, which opened in 2023.[20]

Airlines and destinations


Jazz Bombardier CRJ200 landing
Air Canada Express Vancouver
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Air Canada Rouge Toronto–Pearson
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Cancún, Mazatlán, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Varadero
WestJet Calgary, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Cancún, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Puerto Vallarta
WestJet Encore Calgary, Edmonton, Minneapolis/St. Paul (begins April 28, 2024),[21] Winnipeg
Seasonal: Kelowna


Cargojet Airways Saskatoon, Winnipeg
SkyLink Express Saskatoon, Winnipeg


Annual traffic

Traffic for Regina International Airport has mostly remained stagnant since 2013, hovering around 1,250,000 passengers annually. However, RAA saw growth of 1.55% in 2018.[22]

Annual passenger traffic[23]
Year Passengers % Change
2010 1,120,134 Steady
2011 1,141,177 Increase 1.9%
2012 1,185,715 Increase 3.9%
2013 1,227,224 Increase 3.5%
2014 1,262,577 Increase 2.9%
2015 1,255,957 Decrease 0.5%
2016 1,262,899 Increase 0.5%
2017 1,219,311 Decrease 3.4%
2018 1,238,239 Increase 1.55%
2019 1,163,562 Decrease 6.0%
2020 370,364 Decrease 68.1%
2021 355,490 Decrease 4.0%
2022 764,128 Increase 114.95%

See also


  1. ^ a b c Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 16 July 2020 to 0901Z 10 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Synoptic/Metstat Station Information". Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Airport Divestiture Status Report
  4. ^ "Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers". Statistics Canada.
  5. ^ "Regina International Airport Community Newsletter - Another Record Breaking Year" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 7, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  6. ^ Corporate Applications / Corporate Systems Division / Solutions Directorate / Information, Science & Technology Branch / Canada Border Services Agency (May 17, 2013). "Directory of CBSA Offices and Services, Airport of Entry (AOE)". Retrieved January 5, 2023.
  7. ^ Elmer, Gordon (December 2016). "75 years ago in Saskatchewan". Windsock. Vol. 29, no. 4. Regina, SK, Canada: Roland Groome (Regina) Chapter -- Canadian Aviation Historical Society.
  8. ^ Staff writer (c. 1942). Pilots Handbook of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases Vol. 2. Royal Canadian Air Force. p. 59.
  9. ^ "Royal Canadian Air Force second central registry and file classification system : C-5883". Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  10. ^ "United Airlines pulling flights from Regina, Saskatoon to Denver". CTV News. January 20, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "Regina losing daily flights to Minneapolis". CTV News. May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  12. ^ "Newleaf Outlines Planned New Network for July 2016 Launch". routesonline. June 24, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  13. ^ "NewLeaf puts Regina, Saskatoon flights into holding pattern". CBC News. September 16, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  14. ^ Evans, Pete (June 30, 2020). "Air Canada cancels 30 domestic routes, closes eight stations at regional airports". CBC News. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  15. ^ "Flair Airlines - 2020 New Routes". Flair Airlines. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  16. ^ "YQR Food, Beverage and Retail Services" (PDF). Regina Airport Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 14, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  17. ^ "YQR | Food and Beverage".
  18. ^ "YQR | Retail Stores".
  19. ^ "Completion of Fire Hall Renovations and Acquisition of Two New Fire Trucks" (PDF). Regina International Airport. Regina Airport Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  20. ^ Wallace-Scribner, Tanner. "New Regina Transit Airport bus route 24 launches". 620 CKRM The Voice of Saskatchewan. Retrieved June 25, 2023.
  21. ^ "WestJet introduces Regina's only year-round transborder connectivity with announcement of daily service to Minneapolis". November 20, 2023.
  22. ^ Bogusz, James. "YQR Has Three Consecutive Months of Growth" (PDF). Regina International Airport. Regina Airport Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 13, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  23. ^ Annual Reports. "Regina Airport Authority". Archived from the original on September 4, 2018. Retrieved February 25, 2018.

External links

  • Official website
  • Past three hours METARs, SPECI and current TAFs for Regina International Airport from Nav Canada as available.
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