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May 23, 2018

Flights in and out of Canadian airports rose by 1.7% in 2017

Statistics Canada announced that aircraft take-offs and landings at the 91 Canadian airports with NAV CANADA air traffic control towers and flight service stations totalled 5.6 million movements in 2017, an increase of 1.7% compared with 2016.

According to the federal agency, Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International, Ontario (467,103 movements), Vancouver International, British Columbia (333,861) and Montréal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau International, Quebec (235,099) were the most active airports in 2017.

For the first time since 1989, aircraft movements at Montréal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau International exceeded those at Calgary International Airport, Alberta (233,017).

Both itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another) and local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport) rose in 2017. Itinerant movements were up 2.0% to surpass 4.0 million, while local movements increased slightly (+0.8%) to 1.6 million.

There were 3.4 million domestic itinerant movements (within Canada) reported at 91 Canadian airports in 2017, an increase of 2.1% (+68,528 movements) from 2016.