Airports in Canada


Although there are hundreds of airports across Canada, most visitors will only ever visit a few. There are three major international gateways to the country–Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal–and several other airports that serve as hubs for their regions.

Below is a list of the busiest airports in Canada by passenger traffic.

This is not an exhaustive list. Keep in mind that depending on where you’re coming from and where you’re headed in Canada, there may be smaller regional airports that would also be a good option for you: you can sometimes find these by looking at Google maps and zooming out a bit until you see an airplane icon, or by consulting the official tourism websites for the province or city you’re visiting.

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Top airports for passenger traffic in Canada (by region)

Western Canada

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  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • Victoria International Airport (YYJ)
  • Kelowna International Airport (YLW)

The Prairies

  • Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
  • Calgary International Airport (YYC)
  • Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE)
  • Regina International Airport (YQR)
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG)

Central Canada

  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ)
  • Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)
  • Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)

Atlantic Canada

  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)
  • St. John’s International Airport (YYT)

The North

While certainly not among Canada’s busiest airports, these are critical  hubs for travel to the North:

  • Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport (YXY)
  • Yellowknife Airport (YZF)
  • Iqaluit Airport (YFB)

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