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Aircraft movement statistics: Small airports, February 2018

Released: 2018-06-07

Take-offs and landings at 126 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers reached 34,588 movements in February.

Ten airports accounted for 38% of the month's activity: Peterborough, Ontario (2,689 movements), Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (1,870), Trois-Rivières, Quebec (1,520), Red Lake, Ontario (1,343), Comox, British Columbia (1,201), Pickle Lake, Ontario (1,036), Island Lake, Manitoba (983), Moosonee, Ontario (844), Barrie–Orillia–Lake Simcoe Regional, Ontario (790) and St. Theresa Point, Manitoba (735).

Total aircraft movements for the 122 airports for which year-over-year comparisons were possible decreased 1.9%, from 34,932 in February 2017 to 34,259 in February 2018, as 62 airports reported fewer movements. The largest declines were recorded at Drummondville, Quebec (-927 movements) and Pickle Lake (-325) and Tillsonburg, Ontario (-237). Among those airports with increases, the largest growth was reported at Trois-Rivières (+412).

In February, 108 airports reported 26,018 itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another), with Goose Bay (1,870) and Red Lake (1,251) recording the largest numbers.

Meanwhile, 44 airports reported 6,742 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport). Peterborough was the most active site with 2,466 take-offs and landings, representing 37% of the total local movements reported.

  Note to readers

This survey collects data on itinerant and local aircraft movements at airports without a NAV CANADA Air Traffic Control Tower or a NAV CANADA Flight Service Station.

An aircraft movement is defined as a take-off, a landing, or a simulated approach by an aircraft.

Data for 2013 to 2017 may have been revised.

Annual estimates are released each year.

The data in this monthly release are not seasonally adjusted.


Data tables will be available shortly.

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