Our airports move over 8 million passengers annually.

Economic Drivers

As integral components of the transportation system, the Atlantic region airports are significant economic generators. The economic impact of air passenger and cargo traffic through Atlantic Canada’s airports is over $4.4 billion. This represents 46,000 person years of employment.
While we have a relatively modest population base of 2.3 million people, we welcome over 5 million visitors to our region annually, which makes tourism an important sector and economic generator in Atlantic Canada. Our airports move more than 8 million passengers per year – 28% growth in the last 10 years.

This growth over the past decade has propelled the need for airports to expand infrastructure to meet the growing demand of the traveling public. Since the transfer of airports from the Government of Canada in the 1990’s, airports in Atlantic Canada have self-financed hundreds of millions in capital improvements. These investments have allowed our airports to expand their capacity to handle every increasing passenger and cargo traffic, and to enhance the travel experience for business people, tourists and families.

Air access and capacity have also been on an upward trend. It is now more possible than ever to fly directly to more destinations within Canada, North America and Europe from an airport in Atlantic Canada.

There is no doubt that air transportation is a key component to economic growth and airports are the essential link that connects communities and air travel. In fact, Canada’s airports are engines for economic development in the communities they serve. They serve as a vital link to intra-provincial, national and international trade and commerce.

Governance Model

Since the late 1990's, Canada’s aviation gateways have been managed by locally-based entities with primary responsibility to the communities they serve – a big shift from the years in which the federal government owned and operated Canada’s airports.

National Airports Policy – A unique model

Implemented in 1994, Canada’s National Airports Policy (NAP) is a unique model for airport governance. Under NAP, the federal government transferred responsibility of airports to local airport authorities.

The government continues to own the 26 National Airport System (NAS) airports – those in capital cities or serving at least 200,000 passengers in 1994 - but entered into long-term leases with local airport authorities to run them. In other words, the federal government switched from owner/operator to landlord/regulator. The non-NAS, local / regional airports were transferred in whole and are now operated and owned by local interests.

Airport Authorities

Airport Authorities are not-for-profit corporations, headed by boards of directors, which are responsible for the airport’s management, development and operation. The Boards are comprised of local representatives nominated by governments, business organizations, tourism associations and other stakeholders.

The federal government continues to set standards for safety and security at all Canadian airports.

ACAA National Airport System Airports

  • Charlottetown Airport
  • Fredericton International Airport
  • Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport
  • Gander International Airport
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport
  • Saint John Airport
  • St. John’s International Airport
  • Stephenville Dymond International Airport


ACAA Local and Regional Airports

  • Bathurst Regional Airport
  • Deer Lake Regional Airport
  • Goose Bay Airport
  • JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport
  • Charlo Regional Airport
  • Yarmouth Regional Airport