Posted on: 06 June 2011 by Mark Howells
Porter Airlines has announced passenger figures for May 2011 featuring a 59.5% load factor, its best-ever May result, while passenger numbers, ASMs (available seat miles) and RPMs (revenue passenger miles) were the highest for any month in the airline’s history.
More than 182,000 passengers travelled during the month compared to 130,000 in May 2010. This took the total passenger count to more than four million since Porter’s first flight in October 2006.
RPMs for May 2011 were up 43.8% at 68.6 million from 47.7 million in May 2010. ASMs, however, were only increased by 18.5% to 115.3 million from last May’s 97.3 million. The year-over-year load factor thus increased by 10.5 points to 59.5% this May from 49.0% last May.
“The May numbers are an indication that we are solidifying and building the business on all fronts,” declared Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “Even with significant new capacity and cities being added to the network, Porter is seeing unprecedented results.”
Load factor on the high-frequency Toronto City–Montreal route increased by nearly five points year-over-year, while maintaining consistent capacity. “We appreciate the loyalty of our long-time passengers and welcome the many new customers using Porter on this route,” added Deluce. “We’re committed to earning their business on every flight.”
Sault Ste Marie in northern Ontario was the latest destination launch for Porter. After an excellent response to the new service, a third daily flight to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is being added on 27 June.