Air Canada has announced that the carrier has flown more than 100,000 customers in a single day for the first time since early in the pandemic as passengers continue returning to air travel.
Air Canada says the last time it carried more than 100,000 customers in one day was in March 2020. Passenger loads fell as low as to 2,175 during the pandemic as global air traffic ground to a virtual halt. Before the pandemic, Air Canada carried, on average, nearly 150,000 people daily in 2019 and its single-day passenger load record was 187,000 customers on 16 August 2019.
“We were very pleased to have had 100,701 customers board our planes on 15 April 2022, as travellers steadily return. Clearly there is a pent-up demand for travel that is matched only by our enthusiasm to welcome back our customers.
“It is also significant that we passed this milestone smoothly, indicating Air Canada has recovered operationally from COVID-19’s effects and is prepared to safely and conveniently transport customers during the busy summer ahead,” said Kevin O’Connor, Vice President of Air Canada’s Systems Operations Control, which manages the airline’s daily operation.