Air Canada flew 7.6 per cent more revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in January 2000 than in the same month of 1999, according to preliminary traffic figures. Capacity increased by 11.3 per cent, resulting in a passenger load factor of 62.7 per cent, compared with 64.9 per cent in January 1999.
According to Danielle Poudrette, Vice President, Marketing, “Although demand dropped in the first week of January due to the millennium changeover, traffic levels in the last three weeks of the month were in line with capacity additions as a result of strong business demand in international markets and improved traffic in the leisure segment.”
The increase in capacity for the month of January resulted from the recent introduction of three new A330s, as well as higher aircraft utilization achieved through scheduling changes made to improve connectivity at Air Canada’s Toronto hub.
System cargo traffic for the month rose 22.8 per cent to 70 million revenue ton miles.