Monthly Aircraft Movements: Small airports - Airports without NAV CANADA Towers or Flight Service Stations, August 2017

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Release date: December 8, 2017


Take-offs and landings at 126 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers reached a total of 74,765 movements in August. Ten airports accounted for 39% of the month’s activity: Peterborough, Ontario (5,979 movements), Pickle Lake, Ontario (3,656), Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (3,048), Drummondville, Quebec (2,686), Barrie-Orillia-Lake Simcoe Regional, Ontario (2,566), Quesnel, British Columbia (2,394), Red Lake, Ontario (2,357), Trois-Rivières, Quebec (2,150), Sherbrooke, Quebec (2,121) and Collingwood, Ontario (2,056).

Total aircraft movements for the 116 airports for which year-over-year comparisons were possible increased 14.7%, from 64,091 to 73,487 in August 2017, as 74 airports reported more movements. The largest increases were recorded at the following airports: Pickle Lake (+2,765 movements), Quesnel (+1,881) and Drummondville (+1,030).  Among those airports with decreases, the largest declines were reported at Peterborough (-980) and Tillsonburg, Ontario (-675).

In August 2017, 107 airports reported 56,364 itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another), with Pickle Lake (3,616 movements) and Goose Bay (3,048) recording the largest numbers.

Forty-nine airports reported 15,607 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport). Peterborough remained the most active site with 5,199 take-offs and landings, representing 33% 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 August 2016 but were not available at the time of the release of this report.

      Coral Harbour, Nunavut
      Elliot Lake Municipal, Ontario
      Matagami, Quebec
      Sanikiluaq, Nunavut

    2. Data for the following airports were included in August 2017 but not in August 2016.

      Aupaluk, Quebec
      Clyde River, Nunavut
      Grise Fiord, Nunavut
      Inukjuak, Quebec
      Kangirsuk, Quebec
      Lutselk’e, Northwest Territories
      Pikwitonei, Manitoba
      Quaqtaq, Quebec
      Salluit, Quebec
      Tasiujaq, Quebec
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