Air Canada flew 16.9 per cent more revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in February 2000 than in the same month of 1999, according to preliminary traffic figures. Capacity increased by 13.8 per cent, resulting in a passenger load factor of 68.5 per cent, compared with 66.6 per cent in February 1999.
According to Lise Fournel, Executive Vice President, Commercial, “Systemwide load factor was up by close to 2 percentage points despite the introduction of new capacity from higher aircraft utilization and the delivery of three new A330s in late 1999 and early 2000. Strong traffic demand exceeded the capacity additions in both domestic and international markets. As well, recent network redesign has contributed to improved load factors on domestic and transborder routes.”
System cargo traffic for the month rose 23.3 per cent to 74 million revenue ton miles.