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Forecasting passenger and cargo growth is a key component to developing our new Master Plan. Since Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority assumed responsibility for managing YOW in 1997, our passenger traffic has increased from 3.0 million passengers to 4.7 million passengers and cargo has increased from 12,020 tonnes in 2010 to 12,858 tonnes in 2016.

For the past 20 years, total passenger movements at YOW have increased at an average annual growth rate of approximately 3.0 per cent – We have grown by 56.7 per cent since 1997.

To develop a flexible approach of future aviation activity, we use statistical forecasting to plan ahead so that we have the facilities and operational capacity in place when we need them to ensure that we can effectively meet demand.

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