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

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Release date: March 8, 2018


Take-offs and landings at 125 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers reached a total of 48,142 movements in November. Ten airports accounted for 48% of the month’s activity: Moosonee, Ontario (3,570 movements), St. Theresa Point, Manitoba (2,931), Trois-Rivières, Quebec (2,870), Red Lake, Ontario (2,701), Drummondville, Quebec (2,250), Peterborough, Ontario (2,222), Island Lake, Manitoba (2,016), Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (1,838), Pickle Lake, Ontario (1,481) and Comox, British Columbia (1,241).

Total aircraft movements for the 114 airports for which year-over-year comparisons were possible increased 0.9%, from 45,925 to 46,354 in November 2017, as 57 airports reported more movements. The largest increases were recorded at the following airports: Drummondville (+2,092 movements), St. Theresa Point (+1,412) and Moosonee (+1,052). Among those airports with decreases, the largest decline was reported at Peterborough (-3,890). Aircraft activity at Peterborough declined sharply (-64%) due to a faculty strike across Ontario colleges that began October 16th and lasted five weeks.

In November 2017, 107 airports reported 36,208 itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another), with Moosonee (3,522 movements) and St. Theresa Point (2,921) recording the largest numbers.

Forty-four airports reported 9,602 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport). Drummondville was the most active site with 1,922 take-offs and landings, representing 20% 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 November 2016 but were not available at the time of the release of this report.
      • Coral Harbour, Nunavut
      • Ilford, Manitoba
      • Waskaganish, Quebec
    2. Data for the following airports were included in November 2017 but not in November 2016.
      • Aupaluk, Quebec
      • Inukjuak, Quebec
      • Ivujivik, Quebec
      • Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec
      • Kangiqsujuaq, Quebec
      • Kangirsuk, Quebec
      • Puvirnituq, Quebec
      • Quaqtaq, Quebec
      • Salluit, Quebec
      • Tasiujaq, Quebec
      • Umiujaq, Quebec
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