Canada's Porter planes emptier in November

Wed Dec 5, 2012 8:20am EST
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* November load factor falls to 54.5 pct from 65.9 pct year-ago

* Traffic down 11.9 pct

* Capacity up 6.7 pct

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Canada's privately held Porter Airlines flew fewer passengers in November from a year earlier.

Toronto-based Porter reported a load factor of 54.5 percent for the month, down 11.4 percentage points, from November 2011.

The company said revenue passenger miles, or traffic, declined 11.9 percent. Available seat miles, a measure of airlines' capacity, rose 6.7 percent.

Porter's load factor climbed 0.3 percentage points to 61.8 percent, year-to-date. (Reporting by Krithika Krishnamurthy in Bangalore)