Canada has 1,149 airports linked by 130,000 kilometres of controlled airways. Of these, 26 major airports handle 94 percent of all airline passengers. Air transport also moves a wide variety of consumer goods and freight.
In 2000, 853,110 tonnes of cargo were flown to and from Canada on domestic (61 percent), trans-border (12 percent), and international routes (27 percent). Since deregulation in 1985, Canada’s airways have been dominated by Air Canada. The airline industry has been struggling for survival since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. In 1999, 85.3 million passengers boarded or deplaned at Canadian airports. This dropped to 80.1 million after 2001.
The animation begins with a blank map of Canada. Black dots appear, showing major cities. Then blue lines appear to indicate rail cargo lines, followed by red lines showing roads. Yellow squares indicate the busiest airports, and black symbols show container ports.