NAV CANADA reports April traffic
May 17, 2011, Ottawa - NAV CANADA today announced its traffic figures for the month of April 2011 as measured in weighted charging units for en-route, terminal and oceanic air navigation services, in comparison to last fiscal year.
The traffic in April 2011 increased by an average of 8.8 per cent compared to the same month in 2010. The extent of this month over month increase is partially explained by the significant decrease in traffic in April 2010 caused by the ash from the Icelandic volcano, which resulted in the temporary closure of much of European airspace. It is estimated that the traffic in April 2011 would have been 2.4 per cent higher than in April 2010 if the volcano's eruption had not occurred.
Fiscal 2011 year-to-date traffic was 4.8 per cent higher than in the prior fiscal year. NAV CANADA's fiscal year runs from September 1 to August 31.
Weighted charging units represent a traffic measure that reflects the number of flights, aircraft size and distance flown in Canadian airspace.
These traffic figures are also available in graph form on NAV CANADA's web site at www.navcanada.ca .