Air Canada reports record August load factor
Montreal, September 6, 2014 (STAT): Air Canada reported a record system load factor of 89.8 per cent, versus 89.5 per cent in August 2013, an all-time record for any month in the Corporation's history, representing an increase of 0.3 percentage points on a system-wide capacity increase of 10.4 per cent. On this additional capacity, system wide traffic for August increased 10.8 per cent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including Air Canada rouge TM, and regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity. "I am extremely pleased to report a record load factor of 89.8 per cent for the month of August during which we served more than four million customers, more than in any month in Air Canada's 77-year history," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Air Canada generated greater traffic for the month of August in all markets served with system wide growth of 10.8 per cent on a capacity increase of 10.4 per cent year over year, led by significant increases in traffic in Atlantic and U.S. transborder markets. This is the fifth consecutive month Air Canada has set new records for system-wide passenger load factor. These strong traffic results demonstrate that we continue to effectively execute both our international growth plan and Air Canada rouge leisure strategy. I would like to thank our customers and travel trade partners for choosing Air Canada in such strong numbers, and our employees for their continued focus on taking good care of our customers and transporting them safely to their destination during this peak travel season."