Canada airlines upbeat after fuller planes in Oct

* WestJet load factor up 0.1 points to 77.4 pct

* Porter’s up 4.7 points to 56.3 pct

VANCOUVER, Nov 3 (BestGrowthStock) – Canadian airlines were
optimistic on Wednesday about passenger numbers in coming
months after saying they flew fuller planes in October, boosted
by a busy Thanksgiving weekend .

WestJet Airlines Ltd (WJA.TO: ), Canada’s second biggest
carrier, said its load factor rose 0.1 points to 77.4 percent
last month from October last year, even as it increased its
seating capacity.

Revenue passenger miles, or traffic, increased 13.4 percent
year over year while capacity, measured in available seat
miles, rose 13.3 percent.

“The increase in guests demonstrates that our increased
capacity is being absorbed,” WestJet President and Chief
Executive Gregg Saretsky said.

“Advanced bookings are looking positive as well,” he said.

Passenger demand has slowly improved for Canadian airlines
in recent months after a sharp slowdown last year because of
the recession.

Last month’s bookings got a boost from the Canadian
Thanksgiving holiday, which is celebrated on the second Monday
in October.

Privately owned Porter Airlines, Canada’s No. 3 scheduled
carrier, said its load factor increased 4.7 points to 56.3
percent in October.

Porter’s available seat miles rose 29.7 percent and revenue
passenger miles increased 41.7 percent.

“We are seeing positive momentum continue with growth
across all key measures,” said Robert Deluce, Porter’s
president and CEO.

($1=$1.00 Canadian)
(Reporting by Nicole Mordant; editing by Rob Wilson)

Canada airlines upbeat after fuller planes in Oct