Atlantic Canada’s airports move over 7.8 million passengers annually and over sixty thousand metric tonnes of cargo.

 

The Atlantic Canada region is made up of four east coast provinces, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island. Atlantic Canada is a vibrant coastal region with beautiful white sand beaches, world class golf courses, scenic coastal drives and unique urban centres.

Atlantic Canada’s airports provide the links to our towns and cities and move over 7.8 million passengers annually and over sixty thousand metric tonnes of cargo.

In Atlantic Canada there are currently over 50 domestic, 7 international, 16 transborder routes that link our region to the world. In addition, there are more than 20 routes from Atlantic Canada to various countries offering sun destination getaways.

 

Region’s Opportunities

Atlantic Canada is a prime market for further air service development. The Mid-Atlantic and Pacific States and the United Kingdom present good opportunities to grow air access.

The Atlantic Canada economy has been stable during times of economic uncertainty globally. This year there are 354 major capital projects underway in the region valued at $71 billion. The healthy economy translates to higher household incomes and a higher propensity to travel for the 2.3 million residents. This is good news for air carriers, as a growing business community translates into more air travel, which has grown by an impressive 22% over the last decade.

Tourism and travel is a major industry in Atlantic Canada with the region attracting over 5 million tourists annually. In addition to tourism, our region has a vibrant business and professional services community and an emerging energy sector including hydro and oil and gas.

Given our geographic location which is close to Europe and directly on the great circle route our airports also carry the region’s air cargo. Both Moncton and Halifax are designated as International Air Cargo Trans-shipment Centres, which allows Canadian and foreign carriers to carry international cargo trans-shipments to and from points outside Canada even though the rights are not provided in Canada's bilateral air transport agreements.