Monthly civil aviation statistics, March 2018
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The six Canadian Level I air carriers flew 7.4 million passengers on scheduled and charter services in March, up 6.7% from March 2017 and continuing the upward year-over-year monthly trend that began in April 2014.
Traffic increased 10.0% year over year to 19.1 billion passenger-kilometres in March. Capacity rose 7.2% to 22.6 billion available seat-kilometres. This resulted in a higher passenger load factor in March (84.5%) compared with the same month a year earlier (82.4%), as the increase in demand for travel was stronger than the rise in capacity.
On average, each passenger travelled 2,575 kilometres, up 3.1% compared with March 2017.
The volume of turbo fuel consumed rose 5.1% to 671.7 million litres, while the number of flying hours increased 4.2% to 197,000.
Total operating revenue rose 13.3% from the same month a year earlier to $2.0 billion in March.
Note to readers
The Monthly Civil Aviation Survey covers all Canadian Level I air carriers: Air Canada (including Air Canada rouge), Air Transat, Jazz, Porter, Sunwing and WestJet.
The average passenger trip length is obtained by dividing the number of passenger-kilometres by the number of passengers. Trips across Canada or across the globe are included in this calculation.
Data in this monthly release are not seasonally adjusted.
Data for January and February 2018 have been revised.
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