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Aircraft movement statistics: Small airports, March 2018

Released: 2018-07-12

Take-offs and landings at 125 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers reached 42,911 movements in March.

Ten airports accounted for 39% of the month's activity: Peterborough, Ontario (3,892 movements); Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (2,278); Trois-Rivières, Quebec (1,855); Red Lake, Ontario (1,642); Drummondville, Quebec (1,323); Comox, British Columbia (1,265); Island Lake, Manitoba (1,199); Pickle Lake, Ontario (1,109); Barrie-Orillia-Lake Simcoe Regional, Ontario (1,082); and Muskoka, Ontario (984).

Total aircraft movements for the 122 airports for which year-over-year comparisons were possible increased 2.3%, from 41,613 in March 2017 to 42,561 in March 2018, as 61 airports reported more movements. The largest increases were recorded at the following airports: Peterborough (+824 movements), Trois-Rivières (+582) and Muskoka (+415). Among those airports with decreases, Drummondville reported the largest decline (-735).

In March, 107 airports reported 31,091 itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another), with Goose Bay (2,278) and Red Lake (1,500) recording the largest numbers.

In March, 44 airports reported 9,505 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport). Peterborough was the most active site with 3,504 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 the same month in the previous year may have been revised.

Annual estimates are released each year.

The data in this monthly release are not seasonally adjusted.

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