NEWS: Around the Arctic May 15, 2012 - 9:30 am

Goose Bay airport tops small airport traffic tally for Feb. 2012: StatsCan

Grise Fiord sees the fewest flights that month


The airport in Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador is much busier than similar airports in Nunavut and Nunavik, which lack control towers, show flight numbers reported this week by Statistics Canada.

Goose Bay, the most active small airport in February 2012, recorded 2,488 aircraft landings and take-offs.

This represented 7.5 per cent of the total movements registered by Canada’s 116 airports without air traffic control towers, StatsCan said.

Among the busiest small northern airports in February: Puvirnituq with 462 flights, Kuujjuaraapik with 426 flights, Cambridge Bay with 312 flights, and Baker Lake with 325 flights.

Nunavut’s High Arctic airports were among the quietest in the North that month, with only 50 flights for Arctic Bay, and 20 for Grise Fiord, although Resolute Bay saw more than 100 flight movements.

By comparison, the numbers for airports with NavCanada flight service stations show much more traffic during 2011: 20,439 flights for Iqaluit, 16,850 for Rankin Inlet, and 15,406 for Kuujjuaq.