February 6, 2012 / 2:12 PM / 6 years ago

Canadian airlines fly fuller planes in January

<p>An airplane flies over the fence line as it approaches to land at Toronto's Pearson International Airport in this September 5, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski</p>

(Reuters) - - Canadian airlines ran fuller planes in January, as healthy demand for air travel continued into the new year.

Canada’s biggest airline Air Canada ACa.TO said its system load factor for the month was 79.1 percent, up from 78 percent last year.

While, Canada’s second-biggest airline WestJet Airlines (WJA.TO) reported a load factor of 79.9 percent, compared with 77.8 percent last year.

Privately owned Porter Airlines also reported load factor of 55.7 percent, 4 percent higher than the previous year.

Reporting by Aftab Ahmed in Bangalore; Editing by Supriya Kurane

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