Porter Airlines reports 68.7% August load factor

TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines reported an August load factor of 68.7 per cent, 4.8 points higher than the previous year.

Despite the effect of Hurricane Irene, August saw best-ever total monthly passengers at over 210,000, and Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) also set a record for the fourth consecutive month.

Figures for the month show 118.8 million Available Seat Miles (ASMs) and 81.6 million RPMs.  ASMs grew 19.2 per cent from 99.7 million and RPMs increased 28.1 per cent from 63.7 million versus last year.

"August is one of the busiest months of the year and we're pleased to see significant year-over-year growth," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "Figures for the full year are also impressive and we're looking to continue this momentum until year end."

Traffic report

August
  2011 2010 Change
RPMs
(millions)
81.6 63.7 +28.1%
ASMs
(millions)
118.8 99.7 +19.2%
Load factor 68.7% 63.9% +4.8 pts
Year-to-date
  2011 2010 Change
RPMs
(millions)
489.1 369.5 +32.4%
ASMs
(millions)
827.8 702.9 +17.8%
Load factor 59.1% 52.6% +6.5 pts

About Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines is Canada's third-largest scheduled carrier, based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.  Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, committed to offering speed, convenience and service as part of a premium travel experience. A refined journey begins on the ground with comfortable airport lounges and service-oriented team members.  The experience continues seamlessly in the air with spacious interiors and well-appointed crew.  Passengers enjoy complimentary services, including free in-flight wine, beer and premium snacks, all aboard modern aircraft.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston (Logan), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Join VIPorter frequent flyer program to earn a free flight after as few as five one-way trips. Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.

SOURCE Porter Airlines Inc.

For further information:

Media contact:

Brad Cicero
Porter Airlines
(416) 619-8593


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