AC & WS Report Load Factor Results

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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 Air Canada rouge®.

WestJet 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. 

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