Canada is a large country no doubt, with 37.59 million people living there, it is often a site for tourists, students, and business-people. There are airports that are extremely busy in the country, especially near major cities such as Toronto and Montreal. We will be looking at 10 airports in Canada that get the most passenger traffic.
These airports are all unique in their own way and serve an important purpose for many people. From mega airports to more compactly constructed ones, they all have one thing in common; they are busy places serving people on a constant basis. There will be some airports here that many are familiar with while others may not be as well known to most people.
10 Calgary International Airport
This is the fourth-busiest airport in Alberta Canada; Calgary International Airport served over 17 million passengers in 2018 and is looking to grow further as Canada becomes more of an attraction year after year. It is located just northeast of Calgary, just 17 miles away.
With the airport code YYC, in 2013 it became the third busiest airport and from there on it has only grown in the number of passengers that move through its boarding gates. This airport will take you to a majority of the world’s major cities. You can book a flight to Mexico, USA, Europe and the Carribean.
9 Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
For being an airport that most have probably never heard of, it is the ninth-busiest in all of Canada and accommodates 2.8 million people each year on their way to business or vacations. A small airport in the city of Toronto Canada, this small award-winning airport was originally supposed to be Toronto’s main airport when it was built in the 1930s but instead, it began to take a backseat to the larger international airport. Flights from here will take you to destinations in Canada and the United States where travelers can hook up with international flights to more exotic places.
8 Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Situated near the center of Canada, Manitoba is along the edge of what is known as the Great Plains in the U.S. In the capital city of Winnepeg is the 7th most busy airport in Canada today, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. It is the only commercial international airport in Manitoba and as such, it is important to the province.
In 2018 it reached nearly 4.5 million passengers flown and it will only grow from here. It is one of the eight airports in Canada with US Border Pre-clearance facilities. This airport provides flights across Canada, to the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and summer flights to the United Kingdom.
7 Montreal Pierre Elliott Tradeau International Airport
The main airport in Montreal, Trudeau is the third busiest airport in Canada; it has served a staggering 19.5 million passengers in 2018. It’s almost like a mall in a way, as there are over 90 stores and restaurants to enjoy if you have to stay for a while. Trudeau flies to five continents: North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa.
The airport offers great services such as a children’s play area with electronic games and toys, free Wi-Fi throughout the airport, free two-hour parking and baggage trolleys inside and in the parking lots, as well as wait times for checkpoints.
6 Edmonton International Airport
Located in the province of Alberta, it is about 15 miles from downtown Edmonton. With 8.25 million passengers served in 2019, the Edmonton International airport in Alberta This airport encourages you to book your parking prior to arriving and you get a substantial discount by doing it ahead of time.
Whether you’re leaving your car for a week or just picking up passengers and only need a half-hour. They offer three play areas for the kids and there are plenty of shops to browse through and restaurants to explore for a quick snack. They even offer a Pet Therapy Program for stressed travelers. Just go in and get a cuddle from a friendly pooch to soothe frazzled nerves.
5 Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
The Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport used to be CFB military base and still houses a squadron of the Canadian Air Force. It is now Canada’s sixth busiest airport located in Ottawa, Ontario and it is named after two Canadian founding fathers Sir George-Étienne Cartier and Sir John A. Macdonald.
If you are traveling with the tiniest of passengers you will find three breastfeeding lounges for privacy and comfort. They also feature a Pet Therapy Room, and also offer Hydration Stations where you can bring your own reusable water bottle, fill it up and drink away while waiting for your flight, rather than buy single-use bottled water.
4 Halifax Stanfield International Airport
A highly rated airport for its customer satisfaction, the Halifax Stanfield International Airport is a hub for many airlines. It was awarded the best airport in the Americas for two straight years and for good reason, with its great staff and being able to provide what travelers want. It served 4.3 million passengers in 2018 and it is an important transportation hub for the Nova Scotia mainland and surrounding provinces (Nova Scotia is just north of Maine in the US).
Actually located in the city of Goffs, Nova Scotia it is within the Halifax Municipality. At the airport, you will find several kiddie play areas, breastfeeding rooms, free Wi-Fi, and a non-denominational worship center.
3 Vancouver International Airport
From one side of the country to the other, Vancouver is located in British Columbia on the western coast of Canada and just over the border from Washington state in the US. This is the second busiest airport in Canada and like Halifax Stanfield, it is rated highly for customer satisfaction.
It was rated as the best airport in North America for 10 years by Skytrax and was one of the top 10 airports in the world in 2012, 2013 and 2014. It is seen as a beautiful airport with its unique architecture and lots of natural lighting passing through. In 2018 it flew nearly 26 million passengers.
2 Kelowna International Airport
Kelowna International airport operates on a single runway and despite that, it is the 10th busiest airport in Canada with just over 2 million passengers flown in 2018. It handles regular flights to Canadian cities such as Vancouver and Toronto and to the U.S city; Seattle. Flights to southwestern United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean are seasonal.
Although it is the second international airport in British Columbia, it would take a person living in Kelowna four hours to get to their plane if they had to go to Vancouver. You can find retail stores, a kid zone, free Wi-Fi, and even a Tim Hortons where you can get a fresh sandwich.
1 Toronto Pearson International Airport
Toronto Pearson is the number one busiest airport in the entire country of Canada and the 10th in North America. The Toronto Pearson International Airport flew a truly staggering 49.5 million passengers in 2018. Naturally, it is the flagship airport of Canada and serves the city of Toronto and outlying areas of Ontario. You’ll find many restaurants and exhibitions to enjoy here during your stay in this behemoth.
This airport has over 30 airlines covering 180 destinations around the world. We truly mean around the world such as Asia, United Arab Nations, Australia, and Brazil. There are multiple nursing facilities, get a spa treatment, get in a workout, get a manicure, visit the interfaith center, or even see a doctor at the clinic.