U.S. airlines cuts services, Air Canada expands cross-border flights

U.S. airlines have trimmed their flights to Canada because of the soaring U.S. currency and Air Canada is stepping taking place to keep amused the gap in what it sees as a double win.
“We’ve seen reductions from all the U.S. carriers that serve Canada,” Air Canada chief giving out official Calin Rovinescu said upon the airlines first-quarter conference call Tuesday. Theya propos pulling back going on because revolution in the Canadian dollar versus its U.S. counterpart makes the notice less handsome, Mr. Rovinescu said.
“The opposite is actually in place for us, where point-of-sale U.S. revenue is now more attractive so we have a double benefit under this scenario,” he continued.
The influence to concern at the forefront flights to U.S. destinations comes in the midst of heady days for the airline, which is bodily buoyed by low fuel prices, increasing passenger traffic and subsidiary planes that name it to hover to new destinations.
After the airline’s annual meeting, Ben Smith, Air Canada president of passenger airlines said “The operating environment for us is much better with all these changes.”
Among the airlines that have scrape routes to Canada is United, which has discontinued minister to to several Canadian cities, including Houston and Chicago to Halifax and Newark, N.J., to Edmonton, Chicago to Thunder Bay, Ont., and Regina and Denver to Saskatoon.
Jim Compton, chief revenue manager of United Continental Holdings Inc., parent of United, said upon that airlines conference call last month that its tart minister to flights out of Houston in part because the slip in oil prices has shortened request. Revenue per nearby seat mile dropped 5 per cent in the first quarter out of Houston, Mr. Compton said, as a outcome the airline is reducing flights to Canada and North Dakota, a key center of Bakken oil arena production.
U.S. airlines scratch attainment in the first quarter by 11 per cent overall, Air Canada said. United graze by 21 per cent, Alaska Airlines 15 per cent and American Airlines 8 per cent.
Air Canada has boosted its summer flights consequently. Its tallying four flights a week together in the middle of Montreal and Los Angeles and upgrading one of its seven daily Toronto-Los Angeles flights to a larger Boeing 777 plane from a 767.
“We’re going to put a 767 on Vancouver-Los Angeles, a lot of great lift out of California, all over Florida, over Texas, out of New York, Chicago, all looking good for us right now,” Mr. Smith said. “Our geography is in a great position to take advantage of this.”
That increase may be a mistake, said one airline industry analyst, who wondered how Air Canada, which has higher costs and higher break-even points than U.S. carriers, will be able to make money on such routes when the U.S. airlines did not.
“In the first quarter of 2015, passenger demand on U.S. sun routes and from Western Canada to the Western U.S. was particularly strong,” Air Canada said in regulatory filings made Tuesday.
Air Canadas transborder revenue grew 13 per cent in the first quarter, compared subsequently a 7 per cent overdoing overall.
That contributed to baby book first-quarter adjusted profit of $122-million or 41 cents a pension, compared as soon as a loss of $132-million or 46 cents a year earlier.
The airline narrowed its net loss to $309-million or $1.08, from $341-million or $1.20.
Greg Taylor, portfolio officer at Aurion Capital Management in Toronto, believes the Air Canada narrative has shifted from low fuel costs to a much healthier cost structure.
The airline is along with boosting gaining without reducing fares and is not engaged in a price dispute subsequent to domestic challenger WestJet Airlines Ltd., Mr. Taylor said.
“Now much of the growth is coming from higher-margin international markets,” he said.
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