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

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Release date: February 11, 2016


In October 2015, take-offs and landings at 124 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers reached a total of 50,211 movements. Five airports, each with more than 1,500 movements, accounted for 24% of the month’s activity: Peterborough, Ontario (3,962 movements), Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (2,831), Red Lake, Ontario (1,888), Comox, British Columbia (1,638) and Barrie-Orillia-Lake Simcoe Regional, Ontario (1,604).

Total aircraft movements for the 114 airports for which year-over-year comparisons were possible fell marginally to 47,175 from 47,553 in October 2014. Overall, the increases recorded at several airports, including Rimouski, Quebec (+425 movements), Sherbrooke, Quebec (+422), Drummondville, Quebec (+398) and Collingwood, Ontario (+282), were sufficient to offset those reporting declines–Trois-Rivières, Quebec (-642), Yorkton Municipal, Saskatchewan (-403), Peterborough (-401) and Goose Bay (-373).

During October 2015, there were 38,044 itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another) reported by 105 airports, with Goose Bay (2,831 movements), Red Lake (1,734) and Comox (1,638) recording the greatest number.

Fifty-three airports reported 9,853 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport). Peterborough remained the most active site with 3,455 take-offs and landings. Activity at this airport represented 35% 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 October 2014 but were not available for October 2015 at the time of the release of this report.

      Déline, Northwest Territories
      Grise Fiord, Nunavut
      Kimmirut, Nunavut
      Kugluktuk, Nunavut
      La Romaine, Quebec
    2. Data for the following airports were included in October 2015 but not in October 2014.

      Aupaluk, Quebec
      Inukjuak, Quebec
      Ivujivik, Quebec
      Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec
      Kangiqsujuaq, Quebec
      Kangirsuk, Quebec
      Puvirnituq, Quebec
      Quaqtaq, Quebec
      Salluit, Quebec
      Umiujaq, Quebec
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