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

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Release date: Feburary 10, 2017


In October, take-offs and landings at 111 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers reached a total of 45,299 movements. Ten airports accounted for 44% of the month’s activity: Peterborough, Ontario (5,052 movements), Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (3,017), Barrie-Orillia-Lake Simcoe Regional, Ontario (1,820), Red Lake, Ontario (1,781), Trois-Rivières, Quebec (1,713), Comox, British Columbia (1,410), Pickle Lake, Ontario (1,409), Moosonee, Ontario (1,388), Sherbrooke, Quebec (1,335) and Muskoka, Ontario (1,089).

Total aircraft movements for the 108 airports for which year-over-year comparisons were possible decreased from 46,095 to 44,939 in October 2016 as 69 airports reported fewer movements. The largest declines were recorded at the following airports: Drummondville, Quebec (-900 movements), Rimouski, Quebec (-325) and Tillsonburg, Ontario (-273). Among those airports with increases, the largest gains were reported at Peterborough (+1,090) and Trois-Rivières (+695).

In October 2016, there were 32,129 itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another) reported by 93 airports with Goose Bay (3,017 movements) and Red Lake (1,681) recording the largest numbers.

Forty-eight airports reported 11,190 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport). Peterborough remained the most active site with 4,592 take-offs and landings, representing 41% 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 October 2015 but were not available at the time of the release of this report.

      Aupaluk, Quebec
      Dawson, Yukon
      Fort Frances Municipal, Ontario
      Gjoa Haven, Nunavut
      Inukjuak, Quebec
      Ivujivik, Quebec
      Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec
      Kangiqsujuaq, Quebec
      Kangirsuk, Quebec
      Pikwitonei, Manitoba
      Puvirnituq, Quebec
      Quaqtaq, Quebec
      Salluit, Quebec
      Teslin, Yukon
      Umiujaq, Quebec
      Watson Lake, Yukon

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