MONTREAL — It was a busy Canada Day week indeed for Air Canada, which flew close to one million passengers throughout the six-day holiday period.
The airline announced a single-day record for passengers carried on June 29, when it welcomed aboard 166,850 customers. From June 29 to July 4, a total of 930,000 passengers took flight with Air Canada.
“As Canadians celebrated our country’s 150th birthday, Air Canada was hard at work safely transporting record numbers of customers to their destinations. This continues to demonstrate that we are the Canadian carrier of choice for travellers and reinforces our standing as ‘The Best Airline in North America’, as voted on for the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.
This follows a particularly successful second quarter for the airline, added Rovinescu. “Our record for passengers carried caps an excellent second quarter during which our EBITDAR, driven by higher revenue and lower than projected fuel costs, is expected to significantly exceed the current average analyst consensus estimate of approximately $475 million.
He went on to acknowledge the company’s customers for “their loyalty in choosing Air Canada” and its “30,000 employees for their hard work and dedication in welcoming and transporting them safely.”