Air Canada (Montreal) is now questioning whether it should continue operations at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport due “to current imposed terminal rates and terms”. Air Canada currently operates 15 round-trip flights a day between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Montreal (Trudeau). Air Canada competes against Porter Airlines. See the statement below.
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On the bright side, the company reported its highest load factor ever for the full year 2014. The company issued this statement:
For the month of December 2014, Air Canada reported a near record system load factor of 82.6 per cent, its second highest system load factor ever on a system-wide capacity increase of 8.5 per cent, versus a load factor of 82.7 per cent in December 2013. On this additional capacity, system wide traffic for December increased 8.3 per cent. For the full year 2014, load factor was a record 83.4 per cent, versus 82.8 per cent in 2013, an increase 0.6 percentage points. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including Air Canada rougeTM, which began operations on July 1, 2013, and regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.
“I am pleased to report our highest load factor ever for the full year 2014 and second highest for the month of December on continued strong traffic growth of 8.5 and 8.3 per cent, respectively,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Led by an increase in traffic in the U.S. transborder market of 16.2 per cent, Air Canada generated greater traffic for the month of December in all markets the airline serves. These strong results, for both the month and full year, underscore the effectiveness of our commercial strategy focusing on international growth and the strategic deployment of Air Canada rouge to compete more effectively in leisure markets. I thank our employees for taking care of our customers while transporting them safely to their destination. Their professionalism and efforts in earning our customers’ loyalty have been recognized by many industry awards, including the selection of Air Canada as the Best Airline in North America by frequent world travelers.”
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Operations
While Air Canada’s traffic and load factor at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport increased in 2014 over the previous year, as part of its continuing cost transformation initiatives, Air Canada is assessing the viability of Billy Bishop operations based on current imposed terminal rates and terms.
Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada Express, operated by Sky Regional Airlines, Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FSRJ (msn 4165) departs from Montreal (Trudeau).
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