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|
|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|
|LF||85.6%||84.6%||+1.0 pts||83.0%||81.2%||+1.8 pts|
|LF||79.4%||78.6%||+0.8 pts||79.0%||78.5%||+0.5 pts|
|LF||78.3%||83.6%||-5.3 pts||77.0%||75.6%||+1.4 pts|
|LF||83.7%||85.6%||-1.9 pts||85.1%||84.7%||+0.4 pts|
|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