Canadian airlines report fuller planes in 2012

Canada’s major airlines reported record load factors last year, with planes carrying substantially more passengers on average than than ever before.

Montreal-based Air Canada says its monthly load factor hit 82.1 in December and was 82.7 per cent for 2012 as a whole.

Each figure rose by 1.1 percentage points, and the annual figure represents an all-time record for Canada’s biggest airline.

Load factor is a closely watched industry metric that tracks the percentage of passengers in available seats on any given airline’s flights.

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