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Monthly civil aviation statistics, August 2019

Released: 2019-10-30

The six Canadian Level I air carriers flew 8.3 million passengers on scheduled and charter services in August, down 2.2% from August 2018, marking the second consecutive monthly decline. There was a 1.3% decrease in July 2019.

Traffic fell 2.4% year over year to 23.5 billion passenger-kilometres in August. Capacity decreased 1.7% to 26.4 billion available seat-kilometres, the third consecutive monthly decline. These declines were due largely to the continued grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. This resulted in a slightly lower passenger load factor in August (88.8%) compared with the same month a year earlier (89.4%), as the decrease in traffic was stronger than the decline in capacity.

On average, each passenger travelled 2,837 kilometres, down 0.2% compared with August 2018.

The volume of turbo fuel consumed edged down 0.3% to 791.0 million litres. The number of flying hours fell 5.1% to 206,000. August marked the fourth consecutive monthly decline in hours flown. These decreases were due largely to the MAX's grounding.

Total operating revenue was up 2.5% from the same month a year earlier to $2.7 billion in August, the smallest increase since February 2017.

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.

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