Airports in Canada - Statistics & Facts

The total number of air passengers in Canada, both enplaned and deplaned, amounted to around 133 million in 2015. For that same year, the number of domestic air passengers stood at around 79.5 million. Between 2015 and 2016, there were a total of 1,445 licensed air carriers in Canada, with 610 of them being Canadian air carriers.

The Canadian major airlines’ domestic market is dominated by Air Canada and Westjet Airlines, both of whom hold over 80 percent of the total domestic market. This duopoly has led to a high cost in system-wide average air fares in Canada in comparison to the average domestic passenger fare in the U.S. Airports across Canada recorded a total of 331,081 aircraft movements in December of 2016 alone.

Canada’s leading airports include: Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airports, as well as Toronto Pearson International Airport, which leads the others in overall number of passengers handled, both domestic and international.

In 2016, the total passenger traffic at Toronto Pearson amounted to about 44.3 million, the most being international passengers. In the same year, domestic passenger traffic at Calgary International Airport amounted to over 11 million while air cargo traffic at Vancouver International airport stood at around 281,000 metric tons from cargo operations. The operating expenses at Toronto Pearson for the fiscal year of 2016 came to around 1.2 billion Canadian dollars.

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