Canada is one of the most developed countries in the world. In the recent years, Canada has seen rapid growth in the air traffic due to increase in the business activities, holidays and educational activities in the country. In the upcoming years, the air traffic will grow in the country and it will leads to expand the capacity of each and every airport in the country.

In this article, we have featured the list of the busiest airports in Canada by passenger traffic in 2018.

Top 10 Busiest Airports in Canada by Passenger Traffic

1. Toronto Pearson International Airport, Toronto – 49.50 million passengers

Toronto Pearson International Airport is the busiest and largest airport in Canada. The airport handled 49,507,418 passengers in 2018 with an annual growth of 5.0%. This airport is primary hub for Air Canada, WestJet and FedEx Express Cargo.

The airport serves the Great Toronto Area in Ontario. Toronto Pearson International Airport is the 35th-busiest airport in the world by total passenger traffic. The airport is being operated by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and owned by the Transport Canada.

Toronto Pearson International Airport, Toronto
Toronto Pearson International Airport, Toronto

2. Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver – 25.93 million passengers

Vancouver International Airport is the second busiest airports in Canada. The airport handled 25,936,907 total number of passengers in 2018. The airport is located on Sea Island in Richmond, British Colombia (BC). The airport connects many international destinations such as Beijing, London, Las Vegas, New York, Sydney and others.

The airport is a focus city for WestJet and a hub for Air Canada. The airport is being operated by the Vancouver Airport Authority and owned by the Transport Canada.

Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver
Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver

3. Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport – 19.42 million passengers

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is the fourth busiest airports in Canada by handling 19,425,488 passengers in 2018 with an annual growth of 7.0%. The airport is a large hub and headquarters for Air Canada.

There are 40 airlines which have direct flights from the airport such as the Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Copa Airlines, British Airways and more. The airport is being operated by the Aéroports de Montréal and owned by the Transport Canada.

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

4. Calgary International Airport – 17.34 million passengers

Calgary International Airport is the third busiest airports in Canada by handling 17,343,402 passengers in 2018. The airport serves the city of Calgary, Alberta. The airport connects with the major destinations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Mexico.

Many airlines have direct flights from the airport such as the Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, KLM, British Airways, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and more. The airport has the tallest control tower in the country.

Calgary International Airport
Calgary International Airport, Calgary

5. Edmonton International Airport – 8.25 million passengers

Edmonton International Airport is the fifth busiest airports in Canada. The airport handled 8,254,121 passengers in 2018 with an annual growth of 5.8%. The airport is a focus city for WestJet Encore, Air Canada and Westjet. The airport is located in Leduc County, near Leduc in Alberta.

The airport connects with the major cities of the world such as London, Seattle, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago and more. The airport is being operated by the Edmonton Airports and owned by the Transport Canada. The airport serves Edmonton Capital Region, Alberta, Canada.

Edmonton International Airport
Edmonton International Airport, Edmonton

6. Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport – 5.11 million passengers

Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport is the sixth busiest airports in Canada. The airport handled 5,110,801 passengers in 2018 with an annual growth of 5.6%. The airport is the home base for First Air and a focus city for Air Canada.

The airport connects with the major cities of the world such as New York, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Detroit and more. The airport is being operated by the Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport Authority and owned by the Transport Canada.

Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

7. Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport – 4.48 million passengers

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is the eighth busiest airports in Canada by handling 4,484,343 passengers in 2018 with an annual growth of 4.2%. The airport connects the major cities of the country and across the world such as Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Chicago, Phoenix, Santa Clara and more.

The airport is being managed by the Winnipeg Airports Authority (DND) and owned by the Transport Canada.

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport

8. Halifax Stanfield International Airport – 4.31 million passengers

Halifax Stanfield International Airport is the seventh busiest airports in Canada. The airport handled 4,316,079 passengers in 2018 with an annual growth of 5.7%. The airport has direct flights to Frankfurt, London, Boston, Chicago, Calgary and more.

The airport is being operated by the Halifax International Airport Authority and owned by the Transport Canada. The airport is located in Enfield, Nova Scotia.

Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Halifax Stanfield International Airport

9. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport – 2.80 million passengers

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is the ninth busiest airports in Canada by handling 2,807,208 passengers in 2018 with an annual growth. The airport is located on the Toronto Islands in Toronto, Ontario.

The airport connects with the major cities of Canada and the United States such as Montreal-Trudeau, Washington-Dulles, Chicago-Midway, Sudbury, Boston and more. The airport is being managed by the Toronto Port Authority. The airport was previously known as Port George VI Island Airport and Toronto City Centre Airport.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

10. Kelowna International Airport

Kelowna International Airport is the 10th busiest airport in Canada in terms of passenger traffic. In 2018, this airport handled 2,080,372 passengers with an annual growth rate of 9.9%. The primary focus area of this airport is Kelowna / Okanagan Valley.

Kelowna International Airport
Kelowna International Airport

Article last re-published on January 24, 2020.

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