What are the Top Canadian Airports

In 2009, ten of the airports in Canada were particularly high traffic in terms of the number of hauled passengers to different domestic and international destinations.

With over 30.3 million passengers hauled in 2009, the Toronto Pearson International Airport is the busiest and also the largest airport on the territory of Canada. Located just 27 km away from downtown Toronto, in the city of Mississauga, Ontario, the airport serves the densely populated metropolitan area of southern Ontario. The Toronto Pearson International Airport is the departure point for many domestic flights and also of long-haul flights to some of the biggest airports in Asia, Europe, South and Central America, Oceania and the Caribbean region. Toronto Pearson is a hub for air carriers such as Air Canada, Air Georgian, Air Transat and Air Canada Jazz.

The Vancouver International Airport is the second busiest airport in Canada, with passengers traffic for 2009 of over sixteen million people. The airport is located on the Sea Island, just twelve kilometers from downtown Vancouver. The airport is owned by Transport Canada and it currently holds the 2010 Skytrax Best North American Airport award. This airport is a hub for Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and WestJet. Because of its geographic proximity to Asia, the Vancouver Airport is the country’s main gateway to that part of the world, and its long haul destinations also include the United States, Mexico, Oceania and Europe.

Number three on the list is the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport with 12.2 million pasengers hauled for 2009. The airport is located just twenty minutes away from downtown Montreal and offers a wide variety of services, including domestic, charter, trans-border and long-haul flights. The airport services a number of airlines, among which: Air Canada, American Airlines, Air Transat, Continental Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Porter Airlines, US Airways Express, WestJet Airlines Ltd, and others.

The Calgary International Airport is literarily breathing in the neck of Montreal’s airport with passenger traffic of 12.1 million people for 2009. The airport offers regular flights to most of Canada’s major cities, as well as long-haul flights to the Caribbean, Central America, the United States, Europe and East Asia.

The Edmonton International Airport is the fifth busiest airport in Canada with slightly over six million passengers hauled for 2009. It is also the primary air facility in the region of Edmonton, the province of Alberta. The airport is a hub for Northern Alberta and Northern Canada, and it is also Canada's largest airport by total land area. Edmonton International services flights of Air Canada, Air Transat, Central Mountain Air, Canadian North, Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines, and others. The airport also services flights to major international destinations such as London, Frankfurt, Varadero, Cancun, Punta Cana, etc.

Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport is number six on the list with 4.2 million passengers hauled for 2009, followed by the Halifax Stanfield International Airport with 3.4 million passengers, Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport with 3.3 million passengers, the Victoria International Airport – 1,5 million passengers and, finally, the Kelowna International Airport with just 1.3 million passengers hauled during the last year.