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Air Canada Reports May 2009 Traffic

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For May 2009, Air Canada reported a load factor of 79.5% on a consolidated basis with Jazz, versus 83.2% in May 2008, a decrease of 3.7 percentage points.

 System traffic decreased 10.3% on a capacity reduction of 6.1% system wide.

Air Canada mainline reported a load factor of 81% in May 2009 compared to 84.3% in May 2008; a decrease of 3.3 percentage points.

The mainline carrier flew 10.4% fewer revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in May 2009 than in May 2008 on a capacity decrease of 6.7%.

Jazz, from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity, reported a load factor of 65.6%, a decrease of 6.8 percentage points from 72.4% in May 2008.

 Capacity increased by 0.2% from May 2008 and the carrier flew 9.2% fewer RPMs than in the previous May.

Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "Despite downward pressure on travel demand due to the weakened economy and concerns over the H1N1 influenza virus, we were able to maintain a relatively stable performance during the month. We will continue to manage capacity in a disciplined manner and this includes redeploying capacity to pursue new strategic revenue generation opportunities."

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