Flights in and out of Canadian airports were up 3.5% in November

Statistics Canada announced that there were 428,861 aircraft take-offs and landings at the 91 Canadian airports with NAV CANADA air traffic control towers and flight service stations in November, up from 414,525 movements in November 2017.

The federal agency says a rise 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 increase. Itinerant movements increased 0.4% to 293,884 and local movements were up 10.8% to 134,977.

Domestic itinerant movements (within Canada) were virtually unchanged at 242,600 in November, up 0.1% compared with the same month a year earlier. Transborder movements (between Canada and the United States) rose 0.5% to 38,088 movements, while other international traffic was up 5.3% to 13,196 movements.

In November, 10 airports accounted for 40.4% of total activity. Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International, Ontario, the nation’s busiest airport, reported 35,615 movements, down 2.7% compared with November 2017. This was followed by Vancouver International, British Columbia, with 24,911 movements (-0.5%) and Calgary International, Alberta, with 19,578 movements (+4.5%).

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