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September 28, 2018

Flights in and out of Canadian airports increased minimally in July

Statistics Canada announced that there were 598,384 aircraft take-offs and landings in July at the 91 Canadian airports with NAV CANADA air traffic control towers and flight service stations, and increase of 0.3% compared with the 596,387 movements in July 2017.

The federal agency says itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another) were down slightly while it noted a modest rise in local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport). Local movements rose 1.6% to 171,997, while itinerant movements decreased 0.2% to 426,387.

Domestic itinerant movements (within Canada) decreased to 363,987 in July, a 0.7% decline compared with the same month in 2017. Notable decreases in July 2018 at Williams Lake (-2,919 movements) and Kamloops (-1,759) were attributable to a large number of aircraft involved in wildfire suppression activities during a state of emergency in British Columbia in July2017. Increases in northern Ontario, particularly at Sudbury Airport (+1,732), were influenced by fire suppression activity in July 2018. Transborder movements (between Canada and the United States) rose 2.2% to 45,588 movements, while other international traffic was up 6.4% to 16,812 movements.

In July, 10 airports accounted for 37.3% of total activity. Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International, Ontario, the nation's busiest airport, reported 43,841 movements, an increase of 1.3% compared with July 2017. This was followed by Vancouver International, British Columbia, with 34,419 movements (+2.6%) and Boundary Bay, British Columbia, with 26,844 movements (+10.3%).