Last month brought Air Canada more empty seats than the same month last year and this dip in seats went lower than their cut in capacity. The load factor was 85.9%, yet it was 86.4% last year. Thus, the load factor went down by 1.1%, but capacity was cut by only 0.5%. Calin Rovinescu, president and chief executive of Air Canada, said that the situation shows the need for continued discipline when it comes to managing capacity.
In contrast, Air Canada's rival, WestJet, has seen the opposite trend, with an increase in load factor between July 2011 and July 2012. Last July their load factor was 81.6% and this July it was 85.3%, which is a 6.6% increase. Gregg Saretsky, President and CEO of WestJet, said that demand remains strong and their momentum is good and they have had great year-over-year growth and a record load factor within the company.
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