Air Canada flew 25.3 per cent more revenue
passenger miles (RPMs) in April 2000 than in the same month of 1999, according
to preliminary traffic figures. Capacity increased by 15.4 per cent, resulting
in a passenger load factor of 75.7 per cent, compared with 69.7 per cent in
``Traffic for the month of April grew at an exceptionally strong rate,
resulting in increased load factors and peak passenger volumes at airports as
well as on aircraft,`` said Danielle Poudrette, Vice President, Marketing.
``This record high increase in passenger traffic can be attributed primarily
to two factors: the first month of schedule integration implemented jointly
with Canadian airlines in which excess domestic capacity was reallocated to
new routes and frequencies; and second, strong market growth resulting in
higher load factors industry-wide.``
System cargo traffic for the month rose 14.3 per cent to 72 million
revenue ton miles.