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

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Release date: January 13, 2017


In September 2016, take-offs and landings at 121 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers reached a total of 57,828 movements. Ten airports accounted for forty-one percent of the month’s activity: Peterborough, Ontario (6,845 movements), Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (3,039), Tillsonburg, Ontario (1,892), Trois-Rivières, Quebec (1,878), Red Lake, Ontario (1,754), Sherbrooke, Quebec (1,734), Barrie-Orillia-Lake Simcoe Regional, Ontario (1,729), Comox, British Columbia (1,671), Collingwood, Ontario (1,600) and Pickle Lake, Ontario (1,471).

Total aircraft movements for the 118 airports for which year-over-year comparisons were possible increased from 56,111 to 57,421 in September 2016. Overall, the increases recorded at Peterborough (+1,162 movements), Muskoka, Ontario (+768), Yorkton Municipal, Saskatchewan (+455) and Collingwood (+421) were sufficient to offset the declines reported at Drummondville, Quebec (-741) and Rimouski, Quebec (-296).

In September 2016, there were 41,527 itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another) reported by 103 airports with Goose Bay (3,039 movements) and Comox (1,671) recording the largest numbers.

Forty-nine airports reported 13,774 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport). Peterborough remained the most active site with 6,276 take-offs and landings, representing 46% of the total local movements reported.

Factors which may have influenced 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 September 2015 but were not available at the time of the release of this report.

      Fort Frances Municipal, Ontario
      Gjoa Haven, Nunavut
      Kangirsuk, Quebec
      Kimmirut, Nunavut
      Kugluktuk, Nunavut
      Pikwitonei, Manitoba
      Quaqtaq, Quebec
      Tasiujaq, Quebec
      Watson Lake, Yukon

    2. Data for the following airports are included in September 2016 but not in September 2015.

      Aklavik, Northwest Territories
      La Romaine, Quebec
      Sanikiluaq, Nunavut
  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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