For the month of September, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 84.7 per cent, versus 83.2 per cent in September 2013, representing an increase of 1.5 percentage points on a system-wide capacity increase of 7.3 per cent.
On this additional capacity, system wide traffic for September increased 9.2 per cent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including Air Canada rouge which began operations on July 1, 2013, and regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.
WestJet also announced its September traffic results this week, reporting a load factor of 75.9 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased six per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 6.8 per cent over the same period. The airline flew an all-time record 5.2 million guests in the third quarter, a year-over-year increase of 6.2 per cent or approximately 306,000 additional guests.