National Airports System

National Airports System

Canada's National Airport System (NAS) was defined in the National Airports Policy published in 1994. It was intended to include all airports with an annual traffic of 200,000 passengers or more, as well as airports serving the national, provincial and territorial capitals.[1]

Any airport sustaining an annual traffic of 200,000 passengers or more for a period of three years will be added to the NAS. Any non-capital airport falling below this threshold for a period of three years will be removed from the NAS. However, since the introduction of the policy only one, Iqaluit Airport, has been added and no airports have been removed despite dropping below 200,000 passengers, such as Montréal-Mirabel International Airport and Gander International Airport.[2][3]

All airports, with the exception of the three territorial capitals, in the NAS are owned by Transport Canada and leased to the local authorities operating them.[3]

As of 1994, the 26 NAS airports served 94% of all scheduled passenger and cargo traffic in Canada.[1]

NAS Airports

The following list contains the 26 NAS airports effective 17 April 2010, along with their IATA codes and passenger numbers for 2008:[3][4]

  • Yukon
    • Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport, YXY, 199,594


  1. ^ a b Criteria for the NAS
  2. ^ Airports in the national airports category (Appendix A)
  3. ^ a b c Airport Divestiture Status Report
  4. ^ Passengers enplaned and deplaned on selected services — Top 50 airports

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