Air Canada Fills Nearly 90% Of Seats In August, WestJet Loads Slip

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Despite a capacity increase of over 10%, Air Canada filled 89.6% of its seats in August, just off last year’s 89.8% all-time record for the airline.


"I am extremely pleased to report strong traffic growth of 10.1% for the month of August, a month during which we served 4.2 million customers, more than any month in Air Canada's 78 year history," said President & CEO Calin Rovinescu.


"Air Canada generated greater traffic in all markets resulting in a load factor of 89.6% in line with last year's all-time record.  These strong results demonstrate the effectiveness of our commercial strategy focusing on international growth. The impact of the economic slowdown in Western Canada is more than offset by strong demand in U.S. and overseas markets resulting in a 9.9% traffic growth year-to-date compared to last year," Rovinescu added.


The news wasn’t quite as good at WS, which posted an August load factor of 84.6%, down 4.7 points from 89.3% last August. Still, not a bad result. Traffic was up 1.7% year over year while capacity grew by 7.3% over the same period.


WS flew a record 2.0 million pax in August, a year-over-year increase of 2.3%. The airline’s on-time performance for the month was 84.0%, an improvement of 6.3 percentage points year over year.


"We are pleased with our continued traffic growth as we welcomed almost 2 million guests on board in August, setting a new single-month record even as the Labour Day long weekend shifted out of August this year. The movement of this busy travel period into September contributed to the year-over-year decline from the all-time high load factor reported in August last year," said WestJet President & CEO Gregg Saretsky.


In terms of events, August marked a milestone for WS as it took delivery of the 1st of its 4 wide-body Boeing 767-300ERW aircraft. 

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