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Monthly civil aviation statistics, August 2018

Released: 2018-10-30

The six Canadian Level I air carriers flew a record 8.5 million passengers on scheduled and charter services in August, up 5.3% from August 2017 and continuing the upward year-over-year monthly trend that began in April 2014.

Traffic increased 7.7% year over year to 24.0 billion passenger-kilometres in August. Capacity rose 7.9% to 26.9 billion available seat-kilometres. This resulted in a slightly lower passenger load factor in August (89.4%) compared with the same month a year earlier (89.5%), as capacity growth outpaced traffic growth. This marked the first month ever that traffic and passenger capacity have reached these levels.

On average, each passenger travelled 2,842 kilometres, up 2.2% compared with August 2017.

The volume of turbo fuel consumed rose 4.5% to 793.6 million litres, while the number of flying hours increased 7.4% to 217,000.

Total operating revenue increased 10.9% from the same month a year earlier to $2.6 billion in August.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Passengers carried, Canadian air carriers, Level I
Passengers carried, Canadian air carriers, Level I

Chart 2  Chart 2: Passenger load factor, Canadian air carriers, Level I
Passenger load factor, Canadian air carriers, Level I

Chart 3  Chart 3: Turbo fuel consumed, Canadian air carriers, Level I
Turbo fuel consumed, Canadian air carriers, Level I

  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 (including Swoop, WestJet Encore and WestJet Link).

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.

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