Airlines in Canada have reported a record demand for flights in August, a month that is traditionally heavy with travel. The news was reported on Thursday, and while ticket sales are up, airlines are working hard to control capacity. The biggest airline in the country, Air Canada, reported their load factor, which is the number of available seats that are full, was at 87.9%. This is slightly higher than their load factor from last August, which was 87.8%.
What about other airlines? WestJet fared even better, with a load factor of 88.9%, compared with 83.3% last August. Chief Executive of Air Canada, Calin Rovinescu, said that the record load factor is a result of the strict control of capacity. Chief Executive of WestJet, Gregg Saretsky, said that demand is strong and remains so and they have seen an increase in load factor thanks to their code-sharing agreements and interline partnerships.
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