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Air Canada Reports April Load Factor

Friday, May 03, 2013

Air Canada Reports April Load Factor

16:11 EDT Friday, May 03, 2013

MONTREAL, May 3, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of April, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 82.1 per cent, versus 83.0 per cent in April 2012, a decrease of 0.9 percentage points.  System traffic decreased 0.2 per cent on a system-wide capacity increase of 1.0 per cent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.

"I am pleased to report a strong load factor for the month of April of 82.1 per cent," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Although just shy of the previous year's near-record system load factor, much of the difference in capacity and traffic from the previous year is attributed to the bulk of Easter travel falling in March this year versus in April 2012, making those year-over-year comparisons less meaningful.  I would like to thank our employees for taking care of our customers and their continued hard work and focus on improving operational performance that is yielding results. For the first quarter, we achieved a 30 per cent year-over-year improvement in On Time Performance and we continue to see on-going improvements."

 
  April Year to Date
  2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Traffic (RPMs mln) 4,355 4,362 -0.2% 17,441 17,308 +0.8%
Capacity (ASMs mln) 5,304 5,253 +1.0% 21,468 21,597 -0.6%
Load Factor 82.1% 83.0% -0.9 pts 81.2% 80.1% +1.1 pts
               
Canada RPMs 1,281 1,228 +4.3% 4,885 4,767 +2.5%
ASMs 1,496 1,452 +3.0% 5,888 5,872 +0.3%
LF 85.6% 84.6% +1.0 pts 83.0% 81.2% +1.8 pts
               
US
Transborder
RPMs 806 788 +2.3% 3,369 3,327 +1.3%
ASMs 1,015 1,002 +1.3% 4,262 4,237 +0.6%
LF 79.4% 78.6% +0.8 pts 79.0%  78.5% +0.5 pts
               
Atlantic RPMs 1,001 1,029 -2.7% 3,477 3,451 +0.8%
ASMs 1,279 1,231 +3.9% 4,517 4,565 -1.1%
LF 78.3% 83.6% -5.3 pts 77.0% 75.6% +1.4 pts
               
Pacific RPMs 895 898 -0.3% 3,647 3,509 +3.9%
ASMs 1,069 1,049 +1.9% 4,287 4,144 +3.5%
LF 83.7% 85.6% -1.9 pts 85.1% 84.7% +0.4 pts
               
Latin
America &
Caribbean*
RPMs 372 419 -11.2% 2,063 2,254 -8.5%
ASMs 445 519 -14.3% 2,514 2,779 -9.5%
LF 83.6% 80.7% +2.9 pts 82.1% 81.1% +1.0 pts

 * Australia has been reclassified to "Pacific" from "Latin America, Caribbean & Other."

 

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 175 destinations on five continents.  Canada's flag carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world and in 2012 served close to 35 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 59 Canadian cities, 56 destinations in the United States and 63 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.  Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,329 destinations in 194 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers as Best International Airline in North America in 2012 for the third consecutive year. 

SOURCE: Air Canada

For further information:

Isabelle Arthur (Montréal) 514 422-5788
Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto) 416 263-5576
Angela Mah (Vancouver) 604 270-5741

Internet : aircanada.com

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