Air Canada & WestJet Continue To Absorb Capacity, Fill Seats

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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 year-over-year.


"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 & CEO Gregg Saretsky.


"Air Canada generated 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 carriers.” 

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