Monthly Aircraft Movements: Small airports - Airports without NAV CANADA Towers or Flight Service Stations, August 2015

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Release date: December 3, 2015 Correction date: (if required)


In August 2015, take-offs and landings at 126 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers reached a total of 65,741 movements. Four airports, each with more than 2,000 movements, accounted for 22% of the month’s activity: Peterborough, Ontario (7,114 movements), Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (2,923), Comox, British Columbia (2,259) and Red Lake, Ontario (2,249).

Total aircraft movements for the 125 airports for which year-over-year comparisons were possible dropped to 65,691 from 67,512 in August 2014 as a few more airports reported decreases rather than increases in movements from the year before. Large declines were recorded at Peterborough (-653 movements), Mayo, Yukon (-600) Trois-Rivières, Quebec (-508) and Muskoka, Ontario (-430). Among those airports with increases, the largest gains were at Drummondville, Quebec (+457), Collingwood, Ontario (+429), Rimouski, Quebec (+420) and Sherbrooke, Quebec (+418).

During August 2015, there were 48,300 itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another) reported by 107 airports, with Goose Bay (2,923 movements), Comox (2,259) and Red Lake (2,063) recording the greatest number.

Fifty-two airports reported 15,014 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport). Peterborough remained the most active site with 6,593 take-offs and landings. Activity at this airport represented 44% of the total local movements reported.

Factors influencing the data

  1. Aggregate data only are available for the following 19 airports reported by Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation:

    • Berens River
    • Bloodvein River
    • Brochet
    • Cross Lake
    • God?s Lake Narrows
    • God?s River
    • Ilford
    • Lac Brochet
    • Little Grand Rapids
    • Oxford House
    • Pikwitonei
    • Poplar River
    • Pukatawagan
    • Red Sucker Lake
    • Shamattawa
    • South Indian Lake
    • Tadoule Lake
    • Thicket Portage
    • York Landing

  2. Aggregate data only are available for the following 12 airports reported by the Kativik Regional Government in Quebec:

    • Akulivik
    • Aupaluk
    • Inukjuak
    • Ivujivik
    • Kangiqsualujjuaq
    • Kangiqsujuaq
    • Kangirsuk
    • Puvirnituq
    • Quaqtaq
    • Salluit
    • Tasiujaq
    • Umiujaq

  3. Aggregate data only are available for Tillsonburg, Ontario.

  4. When comparing monthly data for current year versus previous year, please note that:

    1. Data for the following airports were included in the report for August 2014 but were not available for August 2015 at the time of the release of this report.

      Akulivik, Quebec
      La Romaine, Quebec
      Sanikiluaq, Nunavut
      Umiujaq, Quebec

    2. Data for the following airport was included in August 2015 but not in August 2014.

      Kimmirut, Northwest Territories
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