|Region of Waterloo International Airport ranked Canada's 16th busiest
The Region of Waterloo International Airport is now ranked the 16th busiest airport in Canada according to Statistics Canada Annual Aircraft Movement Statistics Report for 2013. This report tracks aircraft movements — a takeoff or a landing — and is used by Transport Canada and Nav Canada for measuring the workload of air traffic controllers, aircraft activity on air routes and runway utilization.
In 2013, a total of 106,808 aircraft movements were recorded at the airport, an increase of 3.2 per cent over 2012 — the busiest year in a decade. Airports of similar rank include: Abbotsford, ranked 14th; Toronto's Billy Bishop, ranked 15th; and Winnipeg's St. Andrews, ranked 17th.
"In addition to being the 16th busiest airport in the country, the Region of Waterloo International Airport recently became the busiest general aviation airport in Ontario. About 50 per cent of our aircraft movements can be attributed to flight training, and we are proud to have one of Canada's largest flight schools, the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre based here," said Chris Wood, general manager at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. "As we continue to secure additional scheduled flight opportunities, we will make sure general aviation continues to thrive at our facility."
2013 was also a record breaking year for passenger traffic with 138,788 people travelling through the air terminal building. For more information visit www.waterlooairport.ca.
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