More Canadians Flying To The Caribbean
SAN JUAN — Air Canada’s passenger traffic to the Caribbean is continuing to grow, indicating that more Canadians are vacationing in the region.
The carrier has announced continued growth to the region in January, with an 8.1 percent year-over-year increase in revenue passenger miles to 735 million.
Passenger load factor, which measures the percentage of “filled seats,” increased by 1.2 percentage points to 86.8 percent.
Air Canada reported a record load factory in January of 80.1 percent.
According to the Caribbean Tourism Organization, more than 3.5 million Canadians visit the Caribbean every year.
The No 1 destination for Canadians is Cuba, followed by the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
“In January, Air Canada generated greater traffic in all markets served led by Atlantic, Pacific, Latin American and Caribbean markets in which we also achieved increases in load factors from the previous year,” said Calin Rovinescu, the carier’s president & CEO.
“These strong results underscore the effectiveness of our commercial strategy with its focus on international growth, aggressive expansion of Air Canada rouge in leisure markets, focus on sixth freedom traffic to feed Canadian hubs, Boeing 777 aircraft seat densification, introduction of a Premium Economy product, A++ Joint Venture with Star Alliance partners and regional airline diversification,” he said in a statement.