Air Canada, WestJet and Porter all publish time tables where you can figure out the number of seats they fly between cities, and the MTO publishes average daily vehicle volumes for all of its highways.Where the heck did you get this statistic?
Where the heck did you get this statistic. The 401's traffic volume (both directions combined) at the Quebec-Ontario border is 19,100 vehicles per day. If what you're saying were true, and all of those 19,100 vehicles were moving passengers between Toronto and Montreal (which is obviously not happening, but we'll make that assumption for illustrative purposes), then there would only be 4,000 - 5,000 plane seats per day between the two cities. Air Canada alone flies more than that - on weekdays they have 2,200 seats between Montreal and City Centre airport, and another 6,320 seats between Montreal and Pearson.Car travel accounts for about 70% of all travel between Toronto and Montreal. Planes only account for about 12 or 14%. VIA is at around 4%.
So that leaves one of three possibilities:
1. Airlines are flying mostly-empty planes every 15 minutes between the two cities
2. The average car is crossing the Quebec-Ontario border with an obscene number of people in it
3. This statistic is very wrong
#3 seems to be the culprit.