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Monthly civil aviation statistics, May 2019

Released: 2019-07-31

The six Canadian Level I air carriers flew 6.8 million passengers on scheduled and charter services in May, up 2.9% from May 2018 and continuing the upward year-over-year monthly trend that began in April 2014. This followed a 4.6% gain in April 2019 and represented the smallest increase in 13 months.

Traffic increased 4.5% year over year to 17.9 billion passenger-kilometres in May. Capacity rose 2.4% to 21.3 billion available seat-kilometres. This resulted in a higher passenger load factor in May (83.9%) compared with the same month a year earlier (82.2%), as the increase in demand for travel was greater than the rise in capacity. The smaller increases in capacity since March, especially in May, can largely be explained by the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on March 13, 2019.

On average, each passenger travelled 2,623 kilometres, up 1.6% from May 2018.

The volume of turbo fuel consumed rose 2.9% to 640.8 million litres, while the number of flying hours decreased 2.2% to 174,000 hours. This marked the first monthly decline in hours flown in the last three years.

Total operating revenue was $1.9 billion in May, up 7.6% from the same month a year earlier.

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 and across the globe are included in this calculation.

Data in this monthly release are not seasonally adjusted.

Data for October 2018 to March 2019 have been revised.

Contact information

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