Air Canada Reports September Traffic Results

Traffic increased 10.1 per cent leading to record passenger volumes for the month

MONTREAL, Oct. 5, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of September, Air Canada reported a system-wide capacity increase of 11.5 per cent and a load factor of 83.6 per cent. On this additional capacity, system wide traffic for September increased 10.1 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 continued strong traffic growth of 10.1 per cent and a load factor of 83.6 per cent for the month of September," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Air Canada generated greater traffic in all markets served led by the U.S. transborder, Pacific and Atlantic markets. In particular, the Atlantic market grew 12.7 per cent in September despite the higher than normal volumes in traffic the previous year resulting from labour disruptions that affected certain European carriers. Load factor of 86.9 per cent for the third quarter is in line with last year's record for the same period. These strong results demonstrate the effectiveness of our commercial strategy focusing on international growth. This year's Ipsos Reid Business Traveller Survey released in September confirms Air Canada is the preferred airline for frequent business travellers by a continuingly growing margin. I would like to thank our customers for choosing Air Canada and our employees for taking care of them while transporting them safely to their destination."

 


September

Q3

Year-To-Date


2015

2014

Change

2015

2014

Change

2015

2014

Change

Traffic (RPMs mln)

6,104

5,545

+10.1%

20,462

18,565

+10.2%

52,244

47,526

+9.9%

Capacity (ASMs mln)

7,301

6,546

+11.5%

23,535

21,299

+10.5%

62,002

56,486

+9.8%

Load Factor

83.6%

84.7%

   -1.1 pts

86.9%

87.2%

-0.3 pts

84.3%

84.1%

+0.2 pts












Canada

RPMs

1,630

1,587

+2.7%

5,606

5,417

+3.5%

13,936

13,472

+3.4%

ASMs

2,028

1,937

+4.7%

6,649

6,344

+4.8%

16,739

16,201

+3.3%

LF

80.4%

81.9%

   -1.5 pts

84.3%

85.4%

-1.1 pts

83.3%

83.2%

+0.1 pts












US Transborder

RPMs

858

739

+16.1%

2,992

2,588

+15.6%

8,987

7,782

+15.5%

ASMs

1,090

930

+17.2%

3,539

3,074

+15.2%

10,806

9,396

+15.0%

LF

78.7%

79.5%

   -0.8 pts

84.5%

84.2%

+0.3 pts

83.2%

82.8%

+0.4 pts












Atlantic

RPMs

2,092

1,857

+12.7%

6,792

6,028

+12.7%

14,593

12,916

+13.0%

ASMs

2,389

2,074

+15.2%

7,640

6,781

+12.7%

17,338

15,514

+11.8%

LF

87.6%

89.6%

   -1.9 pts

88.9%

88.9%

  0.0 pts

84.2%

83.3%

+0.9 pts












Pacific

RPMs

1,230

1,086

+13.3%

3,877

3,460

+12.1%

10,335

9,409

+9.8%

ASMs

1,413

1,265

+11.7%

4,318

3,861

+11.8%

11,939

10,748

+11.1%

LF

87.1%

85.8%

   +1.3 pts

89.8%

89.6%

+0.2 pts

86.6%

87.5%

-0.9 pts












Latin America & Caribbean

RPMs

294

276

+6.5%

1,195

1,072

+11.5%

4,393

3,947

+11.3%

ASMs

381

340

+12.1%

1,389

1,239

+12.1%

5,180

4,627

+12.0%

LF

77.1%

81.1%

   -4.1 pts

86.0%

86.5%

-0.5 pts

84.8%

85.3%

-0.5 pts

 

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 190 destinations on five continents.  Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2014 served more than 38 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 Canadian cities, 52 destinations in the United States and 78 cities in Europe, the Middle East, 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 1,321 airports in 193 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.

 

SOURCE Air Canada - Corporate - Finance

For further information: Contacts: 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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