Air Canada flew 2.1 per cent more revenue
passenger miles (RPMs) in August 2001 than in August 2000, according to
preliminary traffic figures. Capacity increased by 3.1 per cent, resulting in
a load factor of 80.4 per cent, compared with 81.2 per cent in August 2000.
Although August traffic was 2.1 per cent over the historically high
levels of last year, the system wide load factor declined as traffic growth
under-ran increases in capacity on both the domestic and Atlantic services.
However, the load factor rose on both the transborder and Pacific services.
The increase in capacity reflected improved aircraft utilization as well as
the delivery of two aircraft timed to coincide with the peak summer period.