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  1. In 2007, Canadian Level I to III air carriers reported nearly 55 million enplaned passengers, an all-time high, up 6.0% from 2006, continuing the upward trend that began in 2004. The domestic sector grew 6.7% in 2007 to 33.1 million passengers, while the international sector (including Canada-United States) rose 4.8% to 21.8 million passengers. The scheduled passenger counts reached 50.4 million and the charter passenger counts, 4.6 million. In terms of passenger-kilometres flown, these carriers recorded 126.4 billion passenger-kilometres in their scheduled and charter operations in 2007, up 6.5% from the previous year. The domestic sector (+6.0%) advanced at about the same pace as the international sector (+6.7%).
  2. In 2007, total operating revenues generated by the Canadian Level I to III air carriers amounted to $16.2 billion, up 6.1% from 2006, continuing the upward trend that began in 2004. The total operating expenses increased to $15.1 billion in 2007, up 3.6% over the previous year. In 2007, Canadian Level I to III air carriers reported a net income of $909.9 million, an improvement in profitability from the $328.0 million recorded in 2006 and an all-time high.
  3. In 2007, 93.0 cents of each operating revenue dollar were used to cover operating expenses. Aircraft operations absorbed the largest portion of each operating revenue dollar, at 47.7 cents, followed by general services and administration (29.9 cents) and maintenance (11.1 cents).
  4. Total assets of the Canadian Level I to III air carriers reached $17.5 billion in 2007, up 2.9% compared to 2006.
  5. The aviation industry's earning power is reflected in the profitability ratios of profit margin, return on investment and return on assets. In 2007, the profit margin was higher than in 2006, rising from 2.1% to 5.6%. This shows that every dollar of service sold earned 5.6 cents of profit for the Canadian Level I to III air carriers. Both return on assets and return on investment showed thriving profitability within the aviation industry in 2007. The rate of return on assets went from 1.9% in 2006 to 5.3% in 2007, while the rate of return on investment went from 3.9% in 2006 to 7.6% in 2007.
  6. Total employment in the aviation industry grew 4.7% to 40,649, while total wages and salaries went up 9.0% to $2.5 billion. In 2007, 16.7% of the operating expenses of the Canadian Level I to III air carriers were payments to their employees in wages and salaries.
  7. In 2007, the operating revenue per employee reached $399,084, up 1.4% compared to 2006. This gain followed the 6.3% increase registered between 2005 and 2006. Another yardstick used to measure productivity within the aviation industry is to calculate tonne-kilometres flown per employee. According to this measure, labour productivity in 2007 declined 2.9% compared to 2006, while in 2006 it bettered the previous year level (+6.2%).
  8. Canadian Level I to III air carriers consumed 5.9 billion litres of fuel (turbine fuel and gasoline) in 2007 and spent $4.0 billion acquiring the fuel. In 2007, fuel costs accounted for 26.3% of the operating expenses.
  9. Increases in tonne-kilometres flown per litre of fuel consumed occurred in both 2006 (+8.6%) and 2007 (+0.1%). These results indicated that the Canadian Level I to III air carriers were able to protect themselves partially from the effects of fuel price increases through technological improvements and productivity increases. Overall, between 2005 and 2006, productivity in the industry for one litre of fuel increased on average from 2.29 tonne-kilometres to 2.49 tonne-kilometres. In 2007, one litre of fuel also carried on average 2.49 tonne-kilometres.