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May 05, 2017

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

Statistics Canada announced that there were 355,609 aircraft take-offs and landings in February at the 91 Canadian airports with NAV CANADA air traffic control towers and flight service stations, compared with 375,382 movements in February 2016.

The drop in aircraft movements in February was partly attributable to the effect of an extra day in the leap year in February 2016.

Both itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another) and local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport) decreased in February 2017 on a year-over-year basis. Itinerant movements were down 4.9% to 257,757, while local movements decreased 6.3% to 97,852.

Overall, air traffic dropped 5.3% in February 2017 as 53 airports reported fewer movements from the same month the previous year. Year-over-year variations of more than 1,500 movements were reported at 10 airports.

Of these, 6 airports registered declines ranging from 4,507 movements at Calgary/Springbank, Alberta to 1,748 at Langley, British Columbia. The growth in aircraft movements at the remaining 4 airports ranged from 3,683 movements at Chicoutimi/St-Honoré, Quebec to 1,670 at Windsor, Ontario.

Source: Statistics Canada