Canada’s top ten airports handled just over 5% more passengers in 2007 than in 2006 suggesting that traffic at the country’s 240 commercial airports reached around 117 million passengers last year. Among the top 10 airports Edmonton (ranked fifth) was the fastest growing airport for the second year running with passenger numbers once again up over 15% on the previous year.
|Source: Airport websites|
Growth at Toronto Pearson was under 2% in 2007 but the airport still handled nearly twice as many passengers as any other Canadian airport and over a quarter of all Canadian airport passengers passed through its terminals.
Porter Airlines growing fast… and heading for NYC
Air Canada and WestJet continue to share over two-thirds of all scheduled seat capacity offered at Canadian airports. In the last three months Air Canada has gained one and a half percentage points from WestJet and now has almost 50% of the market.
|Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 25 February 2000|
America’s “big 6” airlines are all ranked in the top 12 airlines serving Canadian airports. They are joined by Alaska Airlines plus Canadian niche players Bearskin Airlines, Canadian North and Porter Airlines.
From its base at Toronto City Airport Porter Airlines is growing its market share quickly with a fleet of Q400 turboprops. From the end of March the airline will start operating up to seven daily flights to New York using Newark airport as its chosen gateway.