Aircraft take-offs and landings at Canadian airports declined in October

Statistics Canada announced that there were 444,564 aircraft take-offs and landings at the 91 Canadian airports with NAV CANADA air traffic control towers and flight service stations compared with 476,099 movements in October 2015.

Decreases in both itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another) and local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport) contributed to the overall decline. Itinerant movements fell (-4.6%) to 320,037 while local movements declined 11.5% to 124,527.

Overall, the majority of airports reported fewer movements in October 2016. Year-over-year variations of more than 1,000 movements were reported at 19 airports.

Fifteen airports registered declines ranging from 4,802 movements at Montréal/St-Hubert, Quebec to 1,078 at Ottawa/Gatineau, Quebec. The growth in aircraft movements at the remaining 4 airports ranged from 1,915 movements at Chicoutimi/St-Honoré, Quebec to 1,028 movements at Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario.

Itinerant traffic dropped 4.6% (-15,385 movements) as 58 airports reported fewer movements in October 2016. With the exception of reductions of 1,868 and 1,283 movements at Montréal/St-Hubert and Saskatoon/John G. Diefenbaker International respectively, the largest declines in air traffic were observed in Alberta with decreases at Edmonton International (-2,263 movements), Calgary International (-1,937), Edmonton/Villeneuve (-1,333), Calgary/Springbank (-1,164) and Grande Prairie (-1,040).

The largest gains were recorded at Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International, Ontario (+1,636) and Chicoutimi/St-Honoré (+705).

Source: Statistics Canada

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