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  1. Air passenger traffic at Canadian airports increased 2.7% in 2015, the sixth consecutive annual increase following the economic slowdown of 2009. All sectors experienced growth, as the domestic sector expanded 1.9% (+1.5 million passengers), other international traffic was up 6.6% (+1.7 million) and transborder traffic (between Canada and the United States) increased 1.1% (+0.3 million). Continued strong traffic growth at Canada’s two largest airports (Lester B. Pearson in Toronto and Vancouver International) was a significant factor. The trend for air passenger traffic in Canada, since 1997, is shown in Chart 1.
  2. The total number of passengers enplaned and deplaned in Canada rose from 104.8 million in 2009 to 133.4 million in 2015, an increase of 27.3%. Since 2009, the transborder (+29.0%) and other international (+40.0%) sectors have experienced stronger passenger traffic growth than the domestic sector (+22.9%). However, the domestic sector remains the largest with 79.5 million passengers in 2015, compared with the transborder (26.5 million) and other international (27.4 million) sectors.
  3. The weight of cargo loaded and unloaded at Canadian airports increased 6.4% in 2015 to just under 1.2 million tonnes. Domestic cargo increased 10.0% to 531,000 tonnes. Transborder tonnages increased 1.8% to 233,000 tonnes while international cargo grew 4.6% to 408,000 tonnes.
  4. Canadian airports experienced a decrease in the total number of flights arriving and departing; flights were down 1.4% in 2015.

Note to readers

The 2015 edition is the last issue of Air Carrier Traffic at Canadian Airports (51-203-X).

Data and information previously included in the publication will be regularly released and made available in The Daily, on CANSIM or in the repository for survey definitions, data sources and methods Airport Activity Survey (survey 2701). Hyperlinks to all this information will be included in The Daily.

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