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April 30, 2018

Flights in and out of Canadian airports rose by 2.8% in February

Statistics Canada announced that there were 365,673 aircraft take-offs and landings at the 91 Canadian airports with NAV CANADA air traffic control towers and flight service stations in February, compared with 355,609 movements in February 2017.

According to the federal agency, January saw an increase in both local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport) and itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another). Itinerant movements rose 2.3% to 263,590 and local movements were up 4.3% to 102,083.

Domestic itinerant movements (within Canada) increased to 212,483 in February, up 1.9% from February 2017. Transborder movements (between Canada and the United States) grew 2.5% to 35,441 movements, while other international traffic rose 7.1% to 15,666 movements.

In the month of February, 10 airports accounted for 41% of total activity. Toronto/Pearson, the nation's busiest airport, reported 34,840 movements, an increase of 3.4% compared with February 2017. This was followed by Vancouver International, which reported 23,684 movements (+6.5%) and Montréal/Trudeau, with 17,569 movements (+5.9%).