Monthly civil aviation statistics, February 2019
The six Canadian Level I air carriers flew 6.7 million passengers on scheduled and charter services in February, up 5.3% from February 2018 and continuing the upward year-over-year monthly trend that began in April 2014.
Traffic increased 6.7% year over year to 17.2 billion passenger-kilometres in February. Capacity rose 5.8% to 20.5 billion available seat-kilometres. This resulted in a slightly higher passenger load factor in February (84.0%) compared with the same month a year earlier (83.3%), as the increase in demand for travel was stronger than the rise in capacity.
On average, each passenger travelled 2,580 kilometres, up 1.3% compared with February 2018.
The volume of turbo fuel consumed rose 3.8% to 606.9 million litres, while the number of flying hours increased 3.4% to 180,000.
Total operating revenue was up 9.0% from the same month a year earlier to $1.8 billion in February.
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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