Canadian airport traffic down 9% in Q2; Porter already 3rd biggest domestic airline by seats

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Porter Airlines recently launched services between Thunder Bay and Toronto City Centre Airport. It is also investing $45 million in a new terminal at the Toronto Airport, which is scheduled to open in November.

Total traffic at Canada’s nine biggest airports in the second quarter of 2009 was down 8.9% compared with 2008. Passenger demand in April was down just 5.7% thanks to the re-timing of Easter but in May and June traffic was down 10.8% and 10.0% respectively. Five airports have revealed their July figures and in all cases the reduction in traffic was less than that in June.

Chart: Canadian airport development - Year-on-year change in monthly passengers: 1/08 to 7/09
Source: Airport websites

Victoria has performed best among the major airports with year-to-date traffic down just under 2%. Edmonton (-4.8%), Winnipeg (-4.9%) and Ottawa (-5.4%) are next ‘best’. Only Vancouver (-11.9%) has registered a double-digit fall in passenger demand for 2009.

Air Canada & WestJet have less than 60% of domestic flights

While Air Canada and WestJet are responsible for almost 82% of domestic seat capacity in terms of flights they operate less than 60% of the country’s scheduled domestic services. Twelve other airlines each operate at least 1.5% of all domestic flights with Bearskin Airlines and West Coast Air each operating around 4.4% of flights. Bearskin Airlines operates a fleet of 13 19-seat Fairchild Metroliners while West Coast Air operates deHavilland Twin Otters and Beavers, all equipped with floats.

Chart: Canada’s other domestic airlines - Market share of domestic services - September 2009
Source: Source OAG Max Online for w/c 7 September 2009

In terms of seat capacity Porter Airlines is the third biggest domestic airline from its base at Toronto Harbour airport.


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