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Monthly civil aviation statistics, October 2017

Released: 2017-12-18

The six Canadian Level I air carriers flew 6.3 million passengers on scheduled and charter services in October, up 7.5% from October 2016.

Traffic increased 8.6% year over year to 15.9 billion passenger-kilometres in October 2017. Capacity rose 8.7% to 19.7 billion available seat-kilometres. This resulted in a slightly lower passenger load factor in October (80.3%) compared with the same month a year earlier (80.4%), as capacity growth outpaced traffic growth.

On average, each passenger travelled 2,525 kilometres, up 1.0% compared with October 2016.

The volume of turbo fuel consumed rose 8.7% to 613.6 million litres, while the number of flying hours increased 4.6% to 171,000.

Total operating revenue increased 6.1% from the same month a year earlier to $1.6 billion in October.

  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.

Data in this monthly release are not seasonally adjusted.

Beginning with the reference month January 2017, the Monthly Civil Aviation Survey is produced using Statistics Canada's Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP). Detailed information about the IBSP is available from the Behind the data module of our website.

Changes were made to the collection method, questionnaire content, imputation and estimation, therefore users should exercise caution when comparing actual data to historical data prior to January 2017.

A summary of changes is available under Definitions, data sources and methods: 5026 – Monthly Civil Aviation Survey.

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