Regina International Airport
Regina International Airport is located in Saskatchewan, Canada, a relatively low-population province in south-central part of the country. The airport is less than five miles southwest of the city center in Regina; the city has a population of about 200,000. The airport has two runways of medium-size length and one main terminal. The airport offers international service to the United States and domestic flights to destinations throughout Canada. In terms of passengers, it’s the second busiest airport in Saskatchewan behind Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport. International passengers are handled by the Canada Border Services Agency. They can process up to 120 passengers at a time through customs.
History of Regina Airport
The present location of Regina International Airport was originally developed in the late 1920s. A terminal building wasn’t constructed for another ten years, when a single domestic carrier began service in 1938. Growing traffic and population growth in the region forced the airport to renovate in the mid 1980s. 20 years later, the airport would have to be renovated again in order to accommodate up to 1.2 million passengers per year. Upgrades included additional jetways, security areas and customs facilities for international travelers. Further renovations took place in 2009 to allow room for more stores and restaurants. The airport is currently going through the following programs to improve performance and efficiency: runway enhancement, power generator installation, water-loop redundancy, and an IT capital program.
Regina International Airport offers many services and amenities to help travelers get on their way quickly and comfortably. A currency dispenser on the terminal’s second floor provides cash in American Dollars, British Pounds, or Euros. For French speakers, there are many airport employees who speak French who can help with whatever information or services are needed. Also, Canadian law requires that all signage at the airport is in English and French. Due to the severe winter weather that Saskatchewan often experiences, Regina International Airport recommends that travelers arrive at the airport up to an hour earlier than normal during the winter season. Passengers in the terminal are offered 24-hour access to WiFi services, allowing people to stay connected to important business and information.
Regina International is designed for easy access and navigation by persons of all physical abilities. Escort passes are provided for passengers with special needs who want friends or family to accompany them to the gate. Teletypewriters are available at kiosks throughout the terminal, allowing easy and convenient communication. Washrooms are clearly labeled and provide stalls large enough for wheelchairs. Certain washrooms are provided for families with babies and small children. Each airline at the airport is required to provide wheelchairs for passengers who have trouble boarding the aircraft.
Ground transportation from Regina International Airport is available through rental cars, taxis, shuttles, and limousines. Almost all locations in Regina are less than 15 minutes away by vehicle. Some shuttles provide door-to-terminal service to passengers while others provide transportation to specific locations in the Regina area. Passengers with personal vehicles have several different parking options. Visitors performing drop-offs or pick-ups can use the short-term parking lot. Long-term parking is available at Regina International Airport.