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Airport activity, 2015

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Released: 2016-07-26

Air passenger traffic at Canadian airports was up 2.7% from 2014 to 133.4 million in 2015. Since the economic slowdown of 2009, passenger traffic has increased for six consecutive years.

All sectors recorded increases in 2015, as the domestic sector expanded 1.9% (+1.5 million passengers), other international traffic was up 6.6% (+1.7 million) and transborder traffic (between Canada and the United States) rose 1.1% (+0.3 million). Continued strong traffic growth at Canada's two largest airports, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Vancouver International Airport, was a significant factor.

From 2009 to 2015, the total number of passengers enplaned and deplaned in Canada was up 27.3%. Over the same period, the transborder (+29.0%) and other international (+40.0%) sectors posted stronger passenger traffic growth than the domestic sector (+22.9%). However, the domestic sector remained the largest, with 79.5 million passengers in 2015, compared with the transborder (26.5 million) and other international (27.4 million) sectors.

Compared with 2014, the weight of cargo loaded and unloaded at Canadian airports increased 6.4% in 2015 to just under 1.2 million tonnes. Domestic cargo was up 10.0% to 531 000 tonnes. Transborder cargo rose 1.8% to 233 000 tonnes, while international cargo grew 4.6% to 408 000 tonnes.

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These data are subject to revision.

The 2015 edition is the last issue of Air Carrier Traffic at Canadian Airports (Catalogue number51-203-X).

Data and information previously included in the publication will be regularly released in The Daily, on CANSIM or in the repository for survey definitions, data sources and methods, Airport Activity Survey (2701). Hyperlinks to all this information will be included in The Daily.


The 2015 issue of Air Carrier Traffic at Canadian Airports (Catalogue number51-203-X) is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website, under Publications.

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