Air Canada has reported a load factor of 83.4% for the full year 2015 – a
new record for the carrier. The record level was achieved on a system wide
capacity increase of 9.4% and represents an overall traffic increase of 9.6%.
"I am pleased to report our highest ever load factor for the full year
2015," said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada President & Chief Executive
Officer. "In December, Air Canada generated greater traffic in all markets
served and surpassed previous records for passengers boarded on 2 occasions
during the month, with over 134,000 customers served on December 30th
and over 131,000 on December 18th. These strong results underscore the
effectiveness of our commercial strategy that contributed to Air Canada serving
more than 41 million customers in 2015, an all-time record for the
airline. I would like to wish our customers a Happy New Year and thank
them for choosing Air Canada as their preferred carrier, and our employees for
taking care of them throughout the year."
For the month of December, AC registered an 81.6% load factor on a
system-wide capacity increase of 7.3%. On the additional capacity alone,
traffic increased 6.0%. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide
basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity and
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has also reported December load factor results. The YYC-based carrier recorded
a 79.2% load factor for the month of December on 6.1% growth in capacity. WS
carried a record 20.3 million pax for the year – a 3.2% increase - or
approximately 629,000 additional pax. They also achieved on time performance of
85.3% for the full year 2015.
"We are pleased to have welcomed more than 20 million guests
on board in 2015, an all-time high for WestJet, notwithstanding further
softening in Alberta demand," said WestJet
President & CEO Gregg Saretsky. "I want
to thank our more than 11,000 WestJetters for continuing to deliver our brand
of friendly caring service over this busy holiday season."
In December, WestJet launched new non-stop service from Toronto
Pearson to West Palm Beach and Sarasota, Florida, Huatulco,
Merida and Cabo San
Lucas, Mexico, and San Jose, Costa Rica.
The airline also launched new non-stop service from Calgary
to Huatulco, Mexico and Liberia,
Costa Rica. These non-stop flights offer
exciting new destinations and enhanced connectivity from around Canada to guests looking for low fares, high value,
and WestJet's remarkable brand of friendly caring service.