Monthly civil aviation statistics, June 2022
Major Canadian airlines carried 6.0 million passengers on scheduled and charter services in June, reaching 6 million for the first time since February 2020. This was more than seven times the number of passengers carried in June 2021 and over four-fifths (83.3%) of the June 2019 level.
With traffic at 16.0 billion passenger-kilometres and capacity at 19.1 billion available seat-kilometres, the passenger load factor (the ratio of passenger-kilometres to available seat-kilometres) was 83.6% in June, surpassing 80% for the first time since February 2020 and the closest it has reached to pre-pandemic levels.
The $2.0 billion operating revenue earned in June was 87.7% of that earned before the pandemic in June 2019.
As travel ramps up, more delays at airports
In June, challenges continued across air transportation as a result of the rapid increase in passenger numbers and staff shortages. From January to June, the number of passengers carried by Level I air carriers more than doubled. The situation with line-ups, delays, cancellations and lost luggage worsened in June compared with May, with the largest airports the most affected.
On March 11, 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. In the months that followed, Canadian air travel remained well below historical levels. Unless otherwise specified, comparisons for a given month are made with the same month in 2019 (also referred to as "pre-pandemic levels"), when airline activity levels were in line with historical trends.
New recovery milestones reached in June
Canadian Level I air carriers flew 6.0 million passengers on scheduled and charter services in June, reaching 83.3% of the pre-pandemic level reported in June 2019. This was a higher proportion than the 77.3% recorded in May (compared with May 2019) and the fifth consecutive month in which proportions relative to pre-pandemic levels have grown, after dropping in January.
With the summer travel season starting, passenger volumes typically increase from May to June; from 2015 to 2019, the average increase was 5.7%. In 2022, however, the monthly increase was 13.7% as the recovery continued. Domestic and international flights contributed a similar amount to the monthly increase.
With traffic at 16.0 billion passenger-kilometres and capacity at 19.1 billion available seat-kilometres, the passenger load factor was 83.6% in June, the highest since December 2019 and within three percentage points of the 86.3% recorded in June 2019.
Each passenger travelled an average of 2,658 kilometres in June, down 5.6% from June 2019.
At 156,000, the number of flying hours in June was 83.0% of the pre-pandemic level.
Operating revenue earned by Level I air carriers totalled $2.0 billion in June, 87.7% of the $2.3 billion earned in the same month in 2019, pre-pandemic.
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 calculated by dividing the number of passenger-kilometres by the number of passengers. Trips across Canada and around the world are included in this calculation.
The data in this monthly release are not seasonally adjusted.
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