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April 03, 2018

Flights in and out of Canadian airports down 3.4% in January

Statistics Canada announced that there were 356,096 aircraft take-offs and landings at the 91 Canadian airports with NAV CANADA air traffic control towers and flight service stations in January, compared with 368,525 movements in January 2017.

According to the federal agency, January saw a reduction in both local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport) and itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another). Local movements declined 8.5% to 87,969 and itinerant movements fell 1.5% to 268,127 .

Domestic itinerant movements (within Canada) declined to 213,751 in January, down 2.5% from the same month the previous year. Transborder movements (between Canada and the United States) increased 0.8% to 37,238 movements, while other international traffic rose 6.0% to 17,138 movements.

In January, 10 airports accounted for 45% of total activity. Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International, Ontario, the nation's busiest airport, reported 37,736 movements, up 1.2% compared with January 2017. This was followed by Vancouver International, British Columbia, which was virtually unchanged at 25,455 movements and Calgary International, Alberta, with 19,261 movements (+2.6%).