Air transportation in Canada - Statistics & Facts

Air transportation in Canada comprises of local, regional, national and international airlines which transport passengers and cargo to destinations both domestically and around the world. In 2018, there were 600 air carriers with licenses in Canada. The Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) regulates and oversees the safety of the country’s air transportation system.

Some of the major domestic airlines in Canada include Air Canada, WestJet, Porter Airlines and Air Transat. In 2017, Air Canada, which had a 45 percent market share of the domestic sector, generated almost 14.5 billion Canadian dollars in operating revenue from passenger flights alone. WestJet’s revenue passenger mile stood at approximately 25.9 billion for the fiscal year of 2017.

The total number of enplaned and deplaned air passengers in Canada amounted to over 149.6 million in 2017 and the number of domestic passengers is projected to reach over 51 million by 2035. In 2017, the combined flight hours of Canadian airlines were a little over 2.1 million hours. Loaded and unloaded air cargo volume stood at 1.31 million metric tons in that same year. Average airfare for international flights in Canada for the fourth quarter of 2017 amounted to approximately 288 Canadian dollars.

Toronto Pearson International Airport is the leading airport in Canada by the number of passengers carried with over 47 million passengers handled in 2017. Other leading Canadian airports in terms of passenger and freight traffic include Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton International Airports. In 2017, Canada was ranked 12th in terms of quality as it relates to air transport infrastructure in air traffic.

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