Flights in and out of Canadian airports dropped 4.3% in January

Statistics Canada announced that aircraft take-offs and landings at the 90 Canadian airports with NAV CANADA air traffic control towers and flight service stations decreased 4.3% in January to 360,509 movements, compared with 376,562 movements in January 2019.

The federal agency says a decline 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 year-over-year decline. Itinerant movements were down 4.9% to 264,892 and local movements fell 2.3% to 95,617.

The largest decreases in overall activity (itinerant and local movements combined) were all observed in British Columbia, led by Boundary Bay (-6,970 movements), Pitt Meadows (-4,163) and Abbotsford (-3,453).

Domestic itinerant movements (within Canada) decreased 5.5% to 210,639 movements. Transborder movements (between Canada and the United States) fell 3.4% to 36,517 and other international traffic declined slightly (-0.7%) to 17,736 movements.

In January, 10 airports accounted for 43.1% of total activity. Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International, Ontario, Canada’s busiest airport, reported 35,623 movements (-2.5%). This was followed by Vancouver International, British Columbia, which reported 24,337 movements (-4.8%), Calgary International, Alberta, with 18,971 movements (-6.3%) and Montréal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau International, Quebec, with 18,445 movements (-0.3%).

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