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Aircraft movement statistics: Small airports – Annual report, 2017

Released: 2018-06-14

In 2017, the number of take-offs and landings at 134 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers totalled 639,396 movements.

Ten airports accounted for 37% of the activity during the year: Peterborough, Ontario (51,322 movements); Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (29,751); Red Lake, Ontario (23,464); Drummondville, Quebec (22,475); Trois-Rivières, Quebec (20,878); Moosonee, Ontario (20,390); Pickle Lake, Ontario (19,240); Comox, British Columbia (18,481); Barrie-Orillia-Lake Simcoe Regional, Ontario (17,890); and Island Lake, Manitoba (15,525).

There were 474,681 itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another) recorded at 115 airports without air traffic control towers in 2017. Goose Bay was the most active site, reporting 29,751 take-offs and landings.

In 2017, there were 136,954 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport) recorded at 71 airports without air traffic control towers. Peterborough remained the busiest airport with 45,036 movements.

  Note to readers

Data for February 2018 and revisions to monthly data from 2013 to 2017, previously announced on June 7, 2018, are also being made available with this release.

Annual data for 2013 to 2017 may have been revised.


Additional analytical information is now available in "Annual Aircraft Movements: Small airports - Airports Without NAV CANADA Towers or Flight Service Stations, 2017," as part of the service bulletin Aviation (Catalogue number51-004-X).

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