Monthly Aircraft Movements: Small airports - Airports without NAV CANADA Towers or Flight Service Stations, January 2016

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Release date: May 12, 2016


In January 2016, take-offs and landings at 122 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers reached a total of 34,000 movements. Six airports, each with more than 1,300 movements, accounted for 28% of the month’s activity: Peterborough, Ontario (1,955 movements), Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (1,793), Red Lake, Ontario (1,488), Moosonee, Ontario (1,461), Comox, British Columbia (1,390) and Pickle Lake, Ontario (1,337).

Total aircraft movements for the 116 airports for which year-over-year comparisons were possible decreased slightly from 33,583 in January 2015 to 33,463 in January 2016. Overall, the decreases recorded at Peterborough (-547 movements), Hay River, Northwest Territories (-420) and Barrie-Orillia-Lake Simcoe Regional, Ontario (-331) were sufficient to offset the gains reported at Moosonee (+497) and Trois-Rivières, Quebec (+487).

During January 2016, there were 26,531 itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another) reported by 103 airports. The largest numbers were recorded at Goose Bay (1,793 movements), Red Lake (1,454) and Moosonee (1,401).

Forty-four airports reported 5,264 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport). Peterborough remained the most active site with 1,722 take-offs and landings. Activity at this airport represented 33% 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 January 2015 but were not available for January 2016 at the time of the release of this report.

      Akulivik, Quebec
      Clyde River, Nunavut
      Déline, Northwest Territories
      Fort Frances Municipal Airport, Ontario
      Havre St-Pierre, Quebec
      Kimmirut, Nunavut
      Kugluktuk, Nunavut
      Watson Lake, Yukon
    2. Data for the following airports were included in January 2016 but not in January 2015.

      Beaver Creek, Yukon
      Kangiqsujuaq, Quebec
      Kangirsuk, Quebec
      Pikwitonei, Manitoba
      Quaqtaq, Quebec
      Wemindji, 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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