Air Canada Loads Rising, While WestJet Dips For 4th Straight Month
WestJet filled 81.3% of its seats in March, which
would normally be considered a solid total. But the number marked the 4
straight month where loads have dipped year-over-year. To add insult to injury,
rival Air Canada headed in the other direction, filling 83.1% of its seats in
March, up from 81.7% in the year-before March.
Despite the drop in load factor, WS still carried a
record 1.7 million guests in March, 2015. Traffic was up 1.5% year-over-year
while capacity grew 4.8% over the same period.
"We continue to be pleased with our traffic
growth as a record number of guests chose to fly with us, including on our fast
growing regional airline WestJet Encore," said WestJet President & CEO
Gregg Saretsky. "As expected, we have seen industry supply increases in
certain southern markets running ahead of demand resulting in depressed load
factors. Despite this, the overall demand environment remains strong."
had a very strong month, reporting a traffic jump of 12.9% on a system-wide
capacity increase of 11.1%.
Canada generated greater traffic in all markets resulting in an unprecedented
volume of passengers transported for the month. Our traffic increase was led by
significant growth in the U.S. transborder, Atlantic, Pacific and Latin
Caribbean markets," said Calin
Rovinescu, President & Chief Executive Officer.