Air Canada & WestJet Continue To Absorb Capacity, Fill Seats
Canada’s 2 major airlines continued
to absorb capacity and fill plenty of seats in the month of September.
AC led the way with a load factor of
83.6% for the month on a significant system-wide capacity increase of 11.5%.
That figure is actually down 1.1 points from September 2014.
WS posted h a load factor of 77.4%,
up 1.5 points from September 2015. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic,
increased 7.8% year over year on a capacity increase of 5.9%.
WS achieved an on-time performance
rate of 90.7% for the month, an improvement of 3.7 percentage points
"We are very pleased with our
strong year over year traffic growth as we continue to fly record numbers of
guests while improving our on-time performance," said WS President &
"AirCanadagenerated greater traffic in all
markets served led by the U.S. transborder, Pacific and Atlantic markets,” said
Calin Rovinescu, AC’s President & CEO. “In particular, the Atlantic market
grew 12.7% in September despite the higher than normal volumes in traffic
the previous year resulting from labour disruptions that affected certain European