Air Canada Reports Record January Traffic Results

Traffic increased 7.1 per cent for the month

MONTREAL, Feb. 3, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of January, Air Canada reported a system-wide capacity increase of 7.1 per cent and a record load factor of 80.1 per cent tying last year's record. On this additional capacity, traffic increased 7.1 per cent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity and Air Canada rouge®.

"I am pleased to report a record load factor of 80.1 per cent for the month of January," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "In January, Air Canada generated greater traffic in all markets served led by Atlantic, Pacific, Latin American and Caribbean markets in which we also achieved increases in load factors from the previous year. These strong results underscore the effectiveness of our commercial strategy with its focus on international growth, aggressive expansion of Air Canada rouge in leisure markets, focus on sixth freedom traffic to feed Canadian hubs, Boeing 777 aircraft seat densification, introduction of a Premium Economy product, A++ Joint Venture with Star Alliance partners and regional airline diversification. This strategy along with the transformative changes we have made in recent years provide us with the cost structure, fleet and flexibility to respond not only to competitive market conditions, but also to fluctuations in the Canadian dollar and economic downturns. We have a proven track record of proactively and effectively managing capacity to meet demand and we will continue to adjust capacity to maximize profitability. I would like to thank our customers for choosing Air Canada as their preferred carrier and our employees for taking care of them while transporting them safely to their destination."

 


January


2016

2015

Change

Traffic (RPMs mln)

5,258

4,910

+7.1%

Capacity (ASMs mln)

6,566

6,132

+7.1%

Load Factor

80.1%

80.1%

0.0 pts






Canada

RPMs

1,267

1,263

+0.3%

ASMs

1,645

1,584

+3.9%

LF

77.0%

79.7%

-2.7 pts






US Transborder

RPMs

1,018

977

+4.2%

ASMs

1,363

1,241

+9.8%

LF

74.6%

78.7%

-4.1 pts






Atlantic

RPMs

1,143

999

+14.4%

ASMs

1,445

1,286

+12.4%

LF

79.1%

77.7%

+1.4 pts






Pacific

RPMs

1,095

991

+10.5%

ASMs

1,267

1,226

+3.3%

LF

86.4%

80.9%

+5.5 pts






Latin America & Caribbean

RPMs

735

680

+8.1%

ASMs

846

795

+6.4%

LF

86.8%

85.6%

+1.2 pts

 

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents.  Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2015 served more than 41 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 56 in the United States and 86 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,330 airports in 192 countries.  Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook. 

 

SOURCE Air Canada



For further information: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal), 514 422-5788, isabelle.arthur@aircanada.ca; Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto), 416 263-5576, peter.fitzpatrick@aircanada.ca; Angela Mah (Vancouver), 604 270-5741, angela.mah@aircanada.ca; Internet: aircanada.com

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