August 11, 2022
The Regina Airport Authority is pleased to share that Transport Canada has confirmed YQR will maintain its International Designation until at least March of 2023. Transport Canada will be providing information on the process to maintain this designation beyond 2023.
“As the 15th busiest airport in the country and the airport for the capital city of Saskatchewan, it’s critical that Regina have an International Airport Designation. This international designation increases the prominence of the airport and will help grow business opportunities in all southern Saskatchewan”, said James Bogusz, President and CEO, Regina Airport Authority.
In January of 2021, the federal government revised its list of airports that had official “international” designations and removed many airports, including YQR, from the list. While YQR was able to resume transborder, Mexico, and Caribbean flights at the end of 2021, this official designation aids in YQR’s marketing efforts to receive international flights, attract new routes, maintain capacity for border processing, and help grow international business in southern Saskatchewan.
“While it is good to see the return of the designation, it should have never been removed by the federal government in the first place,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “As the airport for our province’s capital city, it is critical that YQR be able to provide our businesses and residents with a greater choice of destinations and the international designation will support that.”
YQR is the 15th busiest airport in Canada and connects the local community to many major Canadian markets. YQR is proud to offer seasonal service to both the US and international sunspot destinations. The Regina Airport Authority (RAA) is a not-for-profit organization that operates YQR under a long-term lease with the Federal Government. The RAA has a mandate to operate a safe and secure airport, while looking to grow for the greater benefit of the community. YQR, It’s Your Airport!