Air Canada said on Wednesday that it flew slightly emptier planes in May, a month after wildcat strikes by pilots and machinists disrupted operations.
It said its load factor dipped to 81.6 percent from 82.2 percent in May 2011. System traffic increased 1.8 percent as capacity rose 2.5 percent.
The lower load factor contrasts to gains reported on Tuesday by rival WestJet Airlines, Canada’s second-biggest airline. WestJet also said reservations for the approaching summer months were strong.
Privately-owned regional airline Porter also said it flew fuller planes in May, as its load factor rose to 60.5 percent from 59.4 percent.