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

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Release date: April 14, 2016


In December 2015, take-offs and landings at 118 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers reached a total of 39,251 movements. Six airports, each with more than 1,500 movements, accounted for 35% of the month’s activity: Moosonee, Ontario (4,409 movements), St. Theresa Point, Manitoba (2,356), Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (2,060), Red Lake, Ontario (1,835), Kangiqsujuaq, Quebec (1,726) and Pickle Lake, Ontario (1,513).

Total aircraft movements for the 106 airports for which year-over-year comparisons were possible rose from 33,492 in December 2014 to 36,085 in December 2015. Overall, the increases recorded at several airports, including Moosonee (+2,225 movements) and St. Theresa Point (+1,347) were more than sufficient to offset declines reported at Tillsonburg, Ontario (-497), Yorkton Municipal, Saskatchewan (-452), and Fort Smith, Northwest Territories (-291).

During December 2015, there were 33,271 itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another) reported by 99 airports. The largest numbers were recorded at Moosonee (4,385 movements), St. Theresa Point (2,336) and Goose Bay (2,060).

Forty-seven airports reported 3,985 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport). Peterborough remained the most active site with 981 take-offs and landings. Activity at this airport represented 25% of all 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 the current year versus the previous year, please note that:

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

      Beaver Creek, Yukon
      Burwash, Yukon
      Dawson, Yukon
      Déline, Northwest Territories
      Faro, Yukon
      Grise Fiord, Nunavut
      Kimmirut, Nunavut
      Kugluktuk, Nunavut
      Mayo, Yukon
      Teslin, Yukon
      Watson Lake, Yukon
    2. Data for the following airports were included in December 2015 but not in December 2014.

      Aupaluk, Quebec
      Eureka, Nunavut
      Inukjuak, Quebec
      Ivujivik, Quebec
      Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec
      Kangiqsujuaq, Quebec
      Kangirsuk, Quebec
      Puvirnituq, Quebec
      Quaqtaq, Quebec
      Salluit, Quebec
      Tasiujaq, Quebec
      Umiujaq, Quebec
  5. As per the November 2015 NAV CANADA Flight Supplement, the name of the airport in Repulse Bay, Nunavut was changed to Naujaat. The community’s name was officially changed on July 1, 2015.
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