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There were 365,679 aircraft take-offs and landings at the 93 Canadian airports with NAV CANADA air traffic control towers and flight service stations in February 2013 compared with 407,337 movements in February 2012. The decline in aircraft movements can be partly attributed to the extra day for the leap year in 2012. Year-over-year decreases were reported by 70 airports. Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International, Ontario (31,655 movements) and Vancouver International, British Columbia (20,974 movements) were the most active sites in February.

Itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another) decreased (-27,245 movements) in February 2013 from the same month in 2012. These airports reported 265,282 movements compared with 292,527 movements in February 2012. Year-over-year variations ranged from an increase of 329 movements (+9.8%) at Kelowna, British Columbia to a drop of 1,917 movements (-5.7%) at Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International, Ontario. Seventy-seven airports reported year-over-year decreases in the number of itinerant aircraft movements in February 2013.

In February 2013, there were 100,397 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport) recorded. This represents a decrease of 12.6% (-14,413 movements) compared with the previous year. Calgary/Springbank, Alberta (6,594 movements) and Abbotsford, British Columbia (6,016 movements) recorded the largest number of local movements.

Itinerant movements: domestic, transborder and international

There were 215,736 domestic itinerant movements reported by 93 Canadian airports with NAV CANADA air traffic control towers and flight service stations in February 2013, down 10.4% (-24,989 movements) from February 2012. Vancouver International, British Columbia (15,642 movements) and Calgary International, Alberta (14,466 movements) reported the greatest number of domestic itinerant movements. Seventy-eight airports reported year-over-year decreases in the number of domestic movements in February 2013.

Seventy-five airports recorded 37,572 transborder itinerant movements (between Canada and the United States) in February 2013, down 4.0% from the same month in 2012. Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International, Ontario (14,238 movements) reported the greatest number of transborder itinerant movements.

In February 2013, forty-one airports reported 11,974 other international itinerant movements, down 5.4% from February 2012. Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International, Ontario, recorded 5,053 other international itinerant movements. This represents 42.2% of the total other international itinerant movements reported.

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