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July 03, 2018

Flights in and out of Canadian airports increased 2.9% in April

Statistics Canada announced that there were 465,864 aircraft take-offs and landings at the 91 Canadian airports with NAV CANADA air traffic control towers and flight service stations in April, compared with 452,788 movements in April 2017, an increase of 2.9%.

The federal agency says an increase 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 gain. Itinerant movements rose 1.2% to 317,659 and local movements were up 6.7% to 148,205.

Domestic itinerant movements (within Canada) increased 1.2% year over year to 262,560 in April. Transborder movements (between Canada and the United States) edged up 0.7% to 39,328 movements, while other international traffic rose 2.9% to 15,771 movements.

In the month of April, 10 airports accounted for 38.0% of total activity. Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International, Ontario, the nation's busiest airport, reported 38,117 movements, up 5.5% compared with April 2017. This was followed by Vancouver International, British Columbia, which reported 26,536 movements (+3.0%) and Montréal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau International, Quebec, with 19,187 movements (+3.7%).