Porter Airlines load factor up 6.5 points in April

TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines' year-over-year load factor increased 6.5 points in April.  Figures for the month show a load factor of 54.1 per cent, based on 97.8 million ASMs (Available Seat Miles) and 52.9 million RPMs (Revenue Passenger Miles).  ASMs grew 10.8 per cent from 88.3 million and RPMs increased 26 per cent from 42 million over the same period.

"This is an excellent start to the second quarter," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "New capacity on routes such as Ottawa-Moncton and Montreal-Halifax is being well received and we anticipate demand will remain strong in coming months."

Traffic report

  April Year-to-date
  2011 2010 Change 2011 2010 Change
RPMs (millions) 52.9 42.0 +26.0% 186.2 145.9 +27.6%
ASMs (millions) 97.8 88.3 +10.8% 361.3 309.2 +16.8%
Load factor 54.1% 47.6% +6.5 pts 51.5% 47.2% +4.3 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.

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SOURCE Porter Airlines Inc.

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Brad Cicero
Porter Airlines
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