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

Canadian airlines fly fuller planes in January

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

<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>

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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