Dead Heat: Air Canada & WestJet Both Filled 80.1% Of Seats In January

Both AC and WS have reported load factors of 80.1% for the month of January, a figure that represented a record for AC during the month.

At WS, traffic was up 7.8% on capacity growth of 7%, resulting in a load factor 0.6 points ahead of the previous January. The airline carried a record 1.7 million pax in JAN.

"We are pleased with our strong January traffic growth to start off 2016," said WestJet President & CEO Gregg Saretsky.

AC reported a system-wide capacity increase of 7.1% and matched that figure with its traffic growth to tie last January’s record 80.1% load factor.

“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,” said CEO Calin Rovinescu.

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