Air Canada flew 1.7 per cent more revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in October 1999 than in the same month of 1998, according to preliminary traffic figures. Traffic for October 1999 was 2,156 million RPMs compared to 2,121 million RPMs for the same period in 1998.
Total capacity for the month increased by 6.1 per cent on a year-over-year basis. Total available seat miles (ASMs) for October 1999 were 2,991 million compared to 2,818 million in October 1998.
The network passenger load factor for October 1999 was 72.1 per cent, compared with 75.3 per cent in October 1998.
“Capacity is up 6.1% year-over-year due to more efficient aircraft utilization which allowed us to increase flying to new destinations like Taipei, Copenhagen, San Diego, New Orleans and add flights on some domestic and transborder routes,” said Lise Fournel, Senior Vice President, Commercial. “It should be noted that any analysis of year-over-year traffic comparisons must take into account last October`s post-strike seat sale which stimulated significant low yield traffic.”
As part of its fleet renewal program, Air Canada took delivery of its first Airbus 330 in late October and will receive two more in the next few months, one in November and another one in January.
System cargo traffic for the month rose 15.1 per cent to 84 million revenue ton miles.