August 7, 2012 / 12:32 PM / in 5 years

Air Canada planes slightly emptier in July, WestJet fuller

(Reuters) - Air Canada ACa.TO, Canada's largest airline, said passenger levels for July fell slightly from a year earlier, while WestJet Airlines Ltd (WJA.TO), the country's No. 2 carrier, said it flew fuller planes in the month.

Air Canada said its system load factor for the month was 85.9 percent, down 0.5 percentage points from July 2011.

Calgary-based WestJet said its load factor rose to 85.3 percent from 81.6 percent a year earlier. Traffic increased 6.6 percent and capacity grew 2 percent in the month.

Air Canada shares closed at C$1.18, while those of WestJet closed at C$16.01 on Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Monday was a market holiday in Canada.

Reporting by Maneesha Tiwari in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel

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