Largest Passenger Airlines in Canada

The aviation industry in Canada is mainly developed by the strong relationship between Canadian national ambitions, national and international politics, economics and technology. It was during 1909 when experimental aviation started in the country. Canada is a huge country by geography with a comparatively smaller population size and has many small towns. To facilitate these small communities within the country, smaller aircraft were commercialized.


Today, the country has got a number of domestic as well as international airlines traveling to & from Canada. Today there are over 150 airports are serving air transportation across the country. The aerospace industry today consists of air carriers, airports, air navigation service providers and the business aviation sector.

Let us find below the largest passenger airlines in Canada:

  • Air Canada

Air Canada is the country’s leading airline. It offers reserved passenger services within the country and to the international market to and from Canada. This airline was established in 1937 when they flew a 50-minute aircraft between Vancouver and Seattle. They were previously named as Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) which got changed to Air Canada in 1964 and became Canada’s National Airline. They became fully privatized in 1989.

Headquartered in Montreal, Air Canada today employs almost 30,000 people. With the help of its regional partners, it facilitated around 45 million passengers in 2016. They provided direct commuter service to more than 200 locations on six continents. It achieved a place in the list of the 20 largest airlines in the world.

  • WestJet Airline

WestJet is the country’s second-biggest airline. It not only offers reserved & chartered passenger services to & from almost 100 locations within the country but also provides the same to & from many other international destinations. The Airline was established in 1996 with 3 aircraft flying to only 5 locations & employed with 220 employees. It entered the competitive airline market of the country as an economic alternative.

Headquartered in Alberta, WestJet today became a public company employing over 12,000 employees and has opened a subsidiary called WestJet Encore. Today they cover more than 100 locations. They are working for another low-cost airline that is to be launched in 2018.

  • Porter Airline

Porter Airline functions as a subsidiary of Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. It not only offers air travel services but also offers traveller lounges at the airport, commercial travel facilities, in-flight food facilities and travel agency services. Headquartered in Toronto, this airline was founded in 2006. It operates flights to & from most of the locations within the country & also few international destinations.

Their official website provides detail info on Porter Airlines address, flight schedules, timings and much more. Porter Airlines customer service number can be searched online. The headquarter address is Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Toronto, ON M5V 1A1. They offer a frequent flyer reward program called ‘VIPorter’.

  • Air Transat

Air Transat is Canada’s favourite vacation airlines. It operates under the subsidiary of Transat A.T. Inc. It offers reserved & chartered passenger across 60 locations in 26 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Montreal, this airline employs more than 3,000 people.

One of the largest airlines in Canada, Air Transat carries nearly 4.5 million passengers every year.

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