Air Canada reports record January traffic


MONTREAL, Canada – For the month of January, Air Canada reported a system-wide capacity increase of 7.1 percent and a record load factor of 80.1 percent tying last year’s record. On this additional capacity, traffic increased 7.1 percent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity and Air Canada rougeĀ®.

“I am pleased to report a record load factor of 80.1 percent for the month of January,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. “In January, Air Canada generated greater traffic in all markets served led by Atlantic, Pacific, Latin American and Caribbean markets in which we also achieved increases in load factors from the previous year. These strong results underscore the effectiveness of our commercial strategy with its focus on international growth, aggressive expansion of Air Canada rouge in leisure markets, focus on sixth freedom traffic to feed Canadian hubs, Boeing 777 aircraft seat densification, introduction of a Premium Economy product, A++ Joint Venture with Star Alliance partners and regional airline diversification. This strategy along with the transformative changes we have made in recent years provide us with the cost structure, fleet and flexibility to respond not only to competitive market conditions, but also to fluctuations in the Canadian dollar and economic downturns. We have a proven track record of proactively and effectively managing capacity to meet demand and we will continue to adjust capacity to maximize profitability. I would like to thank our customers for choosing Air Canada as their preferred carrier and our employees for taking care of them while transporting them safely to their destination.”

2016 2015 Change

Traffic (RPMs mln) 5,258 4,910 +7.1%
Capacity (ASMs mln) 6,566 6,132 +7.1%
Load Factor 80.1% 80.1% 0.0 pts

Canada RPMs 1,267 1,263 +0.3%
ASMs 1,645 1,584 +3.9%
LF 77.0% 79.7% -2.7 pts

US Transborder RPMs 1,018 977 +4.2%
ASMs 1,363 1,241 +9.8%
LF 74.6% 78.7% -4.1 pts

Atlantic RPMs 1,143 999 +14.4%
ASMs 1,445 1,286 +12.4%
LF 79.1% 77.7% +1.4 pts

Pacific RPMs 1,095 991 +10.5%
ASMs 1,267 1,226 +3.3%
LF 86.4% 80.9% +5.5 pts

Latin America & Caribbean RPMs 735 680 +8.1%
ASMs 846 795 +6.4%
LF 86.8% 85.6% +1.2 pts