Air Travel Continues To Grow Post-COVID: StatCan

OTTAWA — Major Canadian airlines continue to see added growth in passenger levels in a post-COVID world, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada.

The agency says airlines carried 5.5 million passengers on scheduled and charter services in November 2022, an increase of 75 per cent more than in November 2021.

It’s also 90.1 per cent of pre-COVID levels from November 2019.

“November typically tends to have the lowest passenger numbers and load factors of the year,” reads the report from StatCan.

“While November had fewer passengers than October, it had more than any of the first five months of the year.”

Statistics Canada says 2022 saw January as the month with the fewest passengers and lowest load factor due to the impact of the Omicron variant.

Out of the 5.5 million passengers who flew on Canadian airlines in November, each travelled an average of 2,513 kilometres, almost one percentage point above pre-pandemic levels for the first time.

Operating revenue earned by Level I air carriers, such as Air Canada, Porter, Sunwing and WestJet, totalled $1.7 billion in November 2022

You can find the full report here.

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