Air Charter Statistics

Detailed information for 2011





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The survey collects origin and destination data for passenger and cargo charter operations of commercial air carriers offering charter services.

Data release - September 24, 2012: As of the 2012 reference year, this survey has been merged with the Airport Activity Survey (record number 2701).


The survey collects origin and destination data for passenger and cargo charter operations of commercial air carriers offering charter services. Data collected will be used to monitor the air industry, regulate international air services, ensure safety, plan and maintain the air transportation system and provide inputs into the system of national accounts and the Canadian Transportation Agency. Major carriers and tour operators also sometimes use the data for analytical purposes.

Statistical activity

This statistical activity is part of a set of surveys measuring various aspects of activities related to the movement of people and goods. These surveys are grouped as follows:

Transportation by air includes records related to the movement of aircraft, passengers and cargo by air for both Canadian and foreign air carriers operating in Canada as well as the financial and operating characteristics of Canadian air carriers. These data are produced by the Aviation Statistics Centre.

Transportation by rail includes records relating to rail transportation in Canada, and between the United States and Canada.

Transportation by road includes records relating to all road transport in Canada. In addition to surveying carriers and owners of registered motor vehicles, certain programs rely on aggregation of provincial and territorial administrative records.

Collection period: monthly


  • Transportation
  • Transportation by air

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The Air Charter survey covers Canadian and foreign air carriers that perform domestic or international commercial charter services using aircraft with a maximum take-off weight greater than 15,900 kgs. The survey also covers Canadian and foreign air carriers that perform commercial charter services between Canada and United States using aircrafts with a maximum take-off weight greater than 8,200 kgs.

Instrument design

The Charter On-Flight Origin and Destination Report (Statement 2) collects detailed information on charter operations such as the number of passengers by origin and destination, the number of tones of goods by origin and destination, the flight numbers, the aircraft type, seats available and charter type.


This survey is a census with a cross-sectional design.

Data are collected for all units of the target population, therefore, no sampling is done.

Data sources

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

The air carriers are required to complete and file Statement 2(I,II,III,IV,F) (Charter On-Flight Origin and Destination Report) with regard to all reportable domestic and international air charter activity 30 days after the month being reported. In most cases the data are compiled and the reports completed at the company head office. The forms (Statement 2) are then forwarded to the Aviation Statistics Centre where the data are edited and processed.

Data for this survey are collected monthly; however the data are disseminated annually.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Error detection

Upon receipt of the participating carriers' completed questionnaires, the data are edited. The edits are performed to check the quality and legitimacy of the information contained within and among charter flights. Air carriers must file their data in accordance with the reporting procedures prepared by the Aviation Statistics Centre.


Imputations are made at the level of the individual air carrier on the basis of observed performance under similar operating conditions.


This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

Quality evaluation

The evaluation of the quality of air charter statistics includes the comparison with results of other surveys conducted in Aviation Statistics Centre. For instance, number of passengers and volume of goods carried are compared to aircraft movement statistics from Nav Canada and operational statistics collected from the Civil Aviation Quarterly Survey. The evaluation of data quality also includes systematic cross-references, notably to the Official Airlines Guide and to the parameter file maintained in the Aviation Statistics Centre. This allows to keep at a high level of quality the information on flight numbers, airport information as well as aircraft types and capacity.

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.

Data for a specific industry or variable may be suppressed (along with that of a second industry or variable) if the number of enterprises in the population is too low.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

Annual estimates are provided for the reference year. The data for the previous reference year are revised if necessary. As this is an annual program, seasonal adjustments are not applicable.

Data accuracy

While considerable effort is made to ensure high standards throughout all stages of collection and processing, the resulting estimates are inevitably subject to a certain degree of error. These errors can be broken down into two major types: non-sampling and sampling. Since the survey is a census of the target population, only non-sampling errors are possible.

Non-sampling errors may occur for many reasons. For example, non-response is an important source of non-sampling error. Population coverage, differences in the interpretation of questions, incorrect information from respondents, and mistakes in recording, coding and processing data are other examples of non-sampling errors.

Non-sampling errors are controlled through a careful design of the questionnaire, the use of a minimal number of simple concepts and consistency checks. Coverage error was minimized by using multiple sources to update the frame. Measures such as response rates are used as indicators of the possible extent of non-sampling errors. The response rate for 2007 was 99%.

Data presented by this survey are compiled from a wide variety of sources, directly from the carriers and from provincial and federal government departments. The data are considered of high quality.

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