Flying into the sunset: Air Canada’s last Boeing 767 operates final passenger flight on June 2, 2020

From Air Canada | 3 June 2020

Air Canada’s Rapidair flight AC439 from Montreal to Toronto on June 2, 2020 marks the end of an era as the airline retires the last aircraft it its mainline Boeing 767 fleet.

The 767s have been a workhorse for Air Canada since the first one was delivered in October 1982 (a 767-233, FIN number 601, registered as C-GAUB). That aircraft began transcontinental service on February 14, 1983. After more than 20 years in the skies, the aircraft was retired in 2005.

Between 1982 and 1996, Air Canada would take possession of 25 more 767s, with the first extended range variants for overwater operations arriving in 1984. When Air Canada merged with Canadian Airlines in 2001, another 23 of these widebodies would join the fleet.

Air Canada launched its leisure brand Rouge on July 1, 2013 with a total of four aircraft, of which two were 767s flying to Edinburgh, Venice, and Athens. Air Canada Rouge eventually expanded to include 25 of the long-range 767-300ERs that served mainly European and sun destinations. In May 2020, Air Canada announced that in addition to the planned retirement of the remaining five 767s in its mainline fleet, the 767s from Rouge would also be retired from service.

Air Canada’s 767s made history when the first ever air-to-ground telephone service by a Canadian airline was offered on February 9, 1986, during AC915 between Miami to Toronto. Also in February 1986, Executive Class was introduced on the 767s.

Fun Facts:

  • Air Canada Boeing 767 Fin 682 (C-FCAE) registered over 138,000 flying hours before it was retired on August 1, 2019, making it the world leader in terms of flying hours for the fleet type.  The aircraft was sold late last year to another airline which is currently converting it for cargo operations.
  • The 767 was initially designed to be operated with a three-pilot crew. Although Air Canada’s first few 767s had an extra-large flight deck, they were configured to be operated by two pilots.
  • The 767 was the first aircraft to receive 120-minute ETOPS (extended twin-engine operations) approval in 1985, meaning it could operate two hours away from the nearest airport, making oceanic crossings more efficient. This was increased to 180 minutes in 1988.
  • Air Canada flew 23 B767-200 and -200ER (extended range version) aircraft with the variants being retired in 2008. Most of these aircraft were parked in the desert in Mojave, California and some in Roswell, New Mexico.
  • Some 767s were retrofitted with winglets for fuel efficiency. The winglets are 11 feet tall! Winglets reduce drag and increase lift at the end of the wings and reduce fuel consumption by helping jets more efficiently slice through the air.
  • The mainline Boeing 767 has a seating capacity of 24 in Air Canada Signature Class and 187 in Economy. It has a range of 10,549 kilometres at a cruising altitude of up to 41,000 feet and a cruising speed of 853 kilometres per hour. Cargo capacity in the belly is a maximum of 14,800 kilograms.
  • The longest scheduled nonstop flight by an Air Canada 767 was Toronto to Tokyo, which lasted 13:45 and covered 10,324 kilometres.
  • The Boeing 767 served a number of special missions during its time at Air Canada, including for the annual Dreams Take Flight special charity flights from eight cities across Canada giving special children a trip of a lifetime to a world-renowned theme park in California or Florida.

A day at Montreal’s Trudeau airport during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Gabrielle Fahmy, Videojournalist, CTV News Montreal, Monday, June 1, 2020

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While the airport never closed during the pandemic, life at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport is far from what it once was.

MONTREAL — In mid-March, Canadians abroad were being urged to fly home immediately, before their options dried up.

And though borders did close to non-residents and those who didn’t have a reason to come here, flights never stopped completely.

Up to 1,000 passengers have been flying in and out of Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport every day since the beginning of the travel restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, compared to the 55,000 daily passengers Canada’s third busiest airport used to handle, it’s a tiny figure.

The tarmac looks more like a parking lot than a runway these days, and inside, the unusual calm is striking.

“It just feels uncanny,” said Danny Levasseur, who works as a computer technician at the airport.

In fact, the airport is operating at two per cent capacity.

This week, several businesses in the Montreal area were given the green light to re-open, after being shut down for the past two months.

But one of the city’s biggest employers — the airport community is made up of 13,000 workers — remains all but shut down.

There are no shops open past security, only a handful of restaurants and convenience stores.

“Business is pretty bad,” admits Imad Chahrour, manager of Paramount Fine Foods.

His restaurant used to employ 30 people, now there are just five. These days his clientele is relying heavily on airport employees who might be looking for a quick bite during their lunch breaks.

“Usually the counter here is full of people, full of life, now we’re just counting the minutes,” he said.

Most of the airport’s businesses are trying to survive with the federal government’s emergency wage subsidy program, which allow them to keep employees on the payroll by providing for up to 75 of their salaries until the end of August.

In addition, the airport authority saw its rent waived through to the end of 2020 for both Trudeau and Mirabel airports, resulting in savings of $38 million.

Even then, it expects a financial loss of a quarter billion dollars by year’s end.

And for some, federal help may not be enough to survive. Chahrour, for one, has been planning to list his business on food delivery websites try to increase his revenue stream.

WHO’S FLYING?

Most of the people flying are foreign workers coming to Quebec to work in agriculture, essential workers, exchange students, and people simply coming home or trying to go home.

There are about 50 flights a day between arrivals and departures, with on average 10 to 20 passengers on each of these flights.

Compare that to 600 daily flights in and out of Trudeau before.

Transport Canada rules introduced April 17 made facial masks mandatory at Canadian airports, but only in places where people are expected to be in close quarters, like security checkpoints and boarding.

Since March 26, arriving travellers are asked to give the address where they’re ordered to quarantine for 14 days.

Travellers said they were also asked questions about their health on arrival.

“Any Coronavirus symptoms, cough, cold, symptoms like that,” said Gugun Gill, who was returning home from Australia.

Unlike international airports in some countries, there are no temperature checks at Trudeau Airport, nor is it required to complete a health declaration form, or provide proof of a negative Coronavirus test.

But the airport authority said it has taken several measures to ensure physical distancing and increase frequency of cleaning.

But with travel restrictions still in place in many countries, it remains to be seen whether many Montrealers will opt to hop on a plane this summer.

Some airlines started announcing slightly extended summer flight schedules starting June 1, with flexible booking options, hoping to help their hurting bottom lines.

Tap Air Portugul Recommences Service from North America as Portugal Completes Phased Re-opening

From Tap Air Portugal

— TAP Also Inaugurating 3 New Routes from Boston and Toronto

to the Azores, and from Montreal to Lisbon —

New York (May 28, 2020) – Following Portugal’s completion of its three phases of re-opening next week, TAP Air Portugal is recommencing air service from North America from June 4, with twice weekly flights between Newark Liberty and Lisbon.

TAP plans to recommence additional service in July with flights to Lisbon from Boston, Miami, and Toronto, each with two flights per week.

In addition to reinstating previous routes, TAP is inaugurating three new routes this summer.   On July 1, TAP will start three flights per week between Boston and the Azores’ Ponta Delgada.   On July 2, TAP will add twice weekly service from Toronto to Ponta Delgada.  Finally, TAP also will introduce three weekly flights between Montreal and Lisbon on July 30.

By July, TAP will have returned to 19 percent of its previous global network program, or 247 flights per week, including connecting service to 21 European destinations.  Also, within Portugal, Madeira will have twice daily connections from Lisbon and twice weekly from Porto.  In the Azores, Ponta Delgada will have daily service from Lisbon, while Terceira will have three flights per week.  In Algarve, Faro will also have twice daily service from Lisbon.

The airline has developed and implemented TAP Clean & Safe, a new and demanding standard of hygiene, health and sanitary safety in line with the guidelines of EASA, IATA, DGS and UCS.  For more information on these procedures and recommendations, please visit https://www.flytap.com/pt-pt/recomendacoes-covid-19.

Air Canada Expands its Cargo-only Flight Schedule

From Air Canada

  • Freight division Air Canada Cargo to operate to five new destinations in Europe and South America
  • Four converted Boeing 777-300ERs and three Airbus A330-300s enabling cargo in passenger cabins, plus belly-only all-cargo flights and cargo space on Air Canada’s scheduled flights support Air Canada Cargo’s operations

MONTREAL, May 27, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada’s freight division, Air Canada Cargo has announced an exciting new expansion of its cargo-only network with the addition of five new destinations in Europe and South America beginning June 1.

“Beginning June 1, five new destinations* will be added to an already robust cargo-only network: Bogota, Lima, Amsterdam, Dublin, and Madrid. These nonstop flights originating from Montreal to Europe and South America will enhance our global connectivity, allowing us to continue supporting the global supply chain and our freight forwarding customers,” said Tim Strauss, Vice President – Cargo at Air Canada.

In addition to the hundreds of tonnes of medical equipment, PPE, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods that Air Canada Cargo transports globally directly to Canada, it also provides vital global supply links to keep world economies moving by connecting goods from international destinations via Canada such as from South America to Asia via Canada or Europe to the US via Canada.  Air Canada Cargo has recently transported thousands of queen honeybees across Canada to aid in crop pollination, fresh flowers from Amsterdam and Israel to Canadian merchants for Mother’s Day, chilled beef from Australia destined for Canadian supermarkets, and Atlantic lobster from Canada to Asia and to Europe.

Air Canada Cargo has operated more than 1,200 cargo-only flights since the end of March. Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo will continue to evaluate the opportunity to add additional all-cargo flights.

Additional information is at: https://www.aircanada.com/cargo/en/.

* Subject to government approval.

Fly like a pro. Experience Air Canada Jetz.

From Air Canada – 23 May 2020

While our favourite sports teams are on hiatus, we’re bringing our special fleet of Air Canada Jetz Airbus A319 aircraft to you.

Beginning June 1st, we’re introducing our Air Canada Jetz aircraft on select flights between Toronto – Montreal and Toronto – Ottawa.

Flights will be departing from prime gate locations and begin boarding only 25 minutes before departure. The aircraft features only 58 seats, as compared to the 120 seats on our mainline A319s – an exclusive offering and spacious cabin configuration providing more comfort and less waiting time when boarding and deplaning.

Air Canada Jetz Express seats

Air Canada Jetz A319s feature in-seat power and on-board Wi-Fi (available for purchase)

Air Canada Jetz Express seat map

Featuring only 58 seats for quicker boarding and deplaning

Air Canada Jetz Express seats angle

Spacious recliner seats with 42-49 inch seat pitch, as compared to our mainline A319 Business Class pitch of 37 inches.

Air Canada Announces New Schedule Offering Customers Wide Choice of Destinations for Safe Travel this Summer and Expands Goodwill Policy

From Air Canada

  • New summer schedule includes nearly 100 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and worldwide
  • Options for new, fully-transferable voucher or Aeroplan Miles with 65% bonus starting June 1 mean more choices and flexibility for rebooking flights should travel plans change
  • Air Canada CleanCare+ biosecurity program offers greater protection from COVID-19 during all stages of the journey

MONTREAL, May 22, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada is offering customers a choice of nearly 100 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world with an abridged schedule this summer. To ensure customers can book with confidence, the airline has implemented the Air Canada CleanCare+ biosecurity program and is introducing new cancellation options retroactive to March 1, 2020, to give customers greater flexibility and choice should their travel plans change for any reason.  

“Air Canada has put in place an abridged summer schedule offering a choice of nearly 100 destinations across Canada, in the U.S. and internationally. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, during which as much as 95 per cent of our flights stopped operating and which has left us flying to less than half last year’s destinations, our customers are expressing their eagerness to travel,  where it is safe to do so. We are accordingly gradually opening for sale flights for the summer and beyond as we rebuild our network, leveraging our strong position as a global airline. Air Canada is ready for take-off, and we look forward to welcoming our customers onboard,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.

“While the world is making great progress against COVID-19, we know we must remain vigilant, which includes being flexible. This is why we are introducing two new solutions for customers should their travel plans change. In addition to our regular goodwill policies, starting June 1 we will offer customers the choice of a travel voucher with no expiry date that is fully transferable or to convert their booking into Aeroplan Miles and get an additional 65% bonus miles. Both options, retroactive to March 1, give customers greater confidence and flexibility to plan and book travel with Air Canada,” said Ms. Guillemette.

“Finally, to further ensure the safety of our customers and employees, we have introduced Air Canada CleanCare+, a comprehensive biosecurity program to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Air Canada CleanCare+ works through multi-layered measures that limit unnecessary interactions, require the use of personal protective equipment and employ state-of-the-art cleaning techniques onboard our aircraft. We have further committed to adopt new strategies and technologies as they become available.”

Summer Schedule

Due to COVID-19, Air Canada has had to abridge its selling schedule for summer 2020, with 97 destinations down from 220 last year, which nonetheless offers wide opportunities for travel and connectivity. Within Canada, the schedule will increase from 34 routes in May to 58 routes in June, with more routes added in August and September.  Air Canada has also updated its schedule until the end of July with resumption of some services to the U.S., Caribbean, South American, European and Pacific markets.

As part of the new schedule, in accordance with provisions for air travel to the U.S. for Canadians, Air Canada will resume service to the U.S. on May 22, with six destinations being served by May 25, including New York-LaGuardia, Washington-Dulles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. This is a reduction from 53 U.S. destinations served last year. There are tentative plans to resume more U.S. service as of June 22, pending regulatory changes and demand. For information on travel to the U.S. please see https://help.cbp.gov/s/article/Article-1596?language=en_US

Internationally, Air Canada will continue to operate from its major hubs to key global destinations in June. This includes service from Toronto to Frankfurt, London, Zurich, Tokyo and Tel Aviv; from Montreal to Frankfurt, London, Paris and Brussels; and from Vancouver to London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Seoul.

International services will expand further starting in June and early July, including: Montreal to Athens, Rome, Geneva; Toronto to Munich, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Rome and Athens; Calgary to Frankfurt; and, subject to government approval, Vancouver to Shanghai. 

Flexible Booking and Cancellation Policies

Under a revised goodwill policy, new bookings made up to June 30, 2020 can be changed without fees for original travel between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

In cases where Air Canada cancels flights due to COVID-19, customers with refundable tickets will continue to have the option of refunds. Since January 1, 2020, Air Canada has refunded nearly $1 billion to customers.  Both customers with refundable and non-refundable tickets will have two new options to choose from:

  • An Air Canada Travel Voucher for the remaining value of their ticket that has no expiry date, is fully transferable and retains any residual value or;
  • The ability to convert the remaining value of their ticket into Aeroplan Miles, with 65 per cent more value versus the normal rate for buying Miles.

For voluntary changes, customers with refundable tickets will continue to have the option of refunds or the above new options. For Air Canada customers with non-refundable tickets making voluntary changes on tickets issued up to June 30, 2020, with an original travel date between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 inclusive, they have the option to choose from the two above new options of an Air Canada Travel Voucher or Aeroplan Miles.

The new goodwill policies and cancellation options are retroactive for customers with original travel between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Customers whose flights have been cancelled due to the impacts of COVID-19 and who have already received travel credit valid for 24 months, will be able to select one of the applicable options depending on their fare at aircanada.com beginning June 15, 2020. Customers with Aeroplan Flight Rewards can continue to cancel their redemption bookings free of charge through June 30, 2020. 

For more information on Air Canada’s pandemic response, including information about Air Canada ClearCare+ and its revised summer schedule and goodwill policies, please see aircanada.com/readyfortakeoff.

Skytrax Canadian Winners

From World Airport Awards – 11 May 2020

Vancouver International Airport YVR (Top 100 Ranking – 13 | 17 in 2019)
– Best Airport: 20-30 million passengers
Best Airport in North America

Toronto Pearson YYZ (Top 100 Ranking – 42 | 50 in 2019)
-Best Airport: 50-60 million passengers

Montréal-Trudeau International Airport YUL (Top 100 Ranking – 57 | 62 in 2019)
– Best Airport Staff in North America

Best Airports 2020: up to 5 million passengers
7. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
8. Halifax Stanfield International Airport


Fairmont Vancouver Airport
– Best Airport Hotel in North America

Skytrax World Airport Awards 2020 – YUL employees recognized as the best in North America

From Aéroports de Montréal

MONTRÉAL, May 11, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – For the very first time, YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport won top honours in the “Best Airport Staff Service” in North America category during the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2020 virtual gala. This is a welcome achievement at a time when good news has been scarce in the airport industry in recent weeks.

This year, YUL stood out among all the airports on the continent in this category, which recognizes the quality of service offered to passengers by the 13,000 or so employees who normally work in the terminal building. They include “ambassadors”, baggage handlers, air carrier personnel, members of the Airport Patrol, government agency employees, and concession and store employees. This is an impressive and rapid progression within the rankings: YUL had already climbed to 4th place in 2019 after ranking in 6th place in 2018 and 10th place in 2016.

“Over the past few years, we launched new initiatives to make the passenger experience at YUL more memorable and enjoyable from the moment they arrive at YUL. This award confirms that our efforts have paid off,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of ADM Aéroports de Montréal. “Without the dedication of the airport community’s employees, we would never have been able to achieve this. Although priorities have changed in recent weeks, employees are continuing to come to work with smiles on their faces, despite a difficult and uncertain environment. I am extremely proud of them and I know that they will be ready when the time comes to resume normal operations in the terminal building and make YUL a vibrant airport that fully reflects its metropolis.”

In the ranking of the top 100 airports internationally, YUL is ranked 57, up 5 places from last year, according to the votes of travellers from around the world. In the overall “Best Airports” in North America category, Montréal-Trudeau remains in 10th place. Only two other Canadian airports are represented in this category.

Skytrax’s World Airport Awards are considered a benchmark of quality within the global airport industry. They are awarded following a customer service and facilities evaluation process conducted at more than 550 airports and among millions of travellers around the world. The survey was conducted from September 2019 to February 2020.

WestJet Update: 10 May • Schedule to 4 July 2020

From Westjet – 10 May 2020

WESTJET UPDATES SCHEDULE FROM JUNE 5 THROUGH JULY 4, 2020 

WestJet has updated its schedule from June 5 through to July 4, 2020 to address significantly reduced guest demand for air travel while continuing to keep critical economic lifelines open for essential travel and cargo. At this time, WestJet is also extending its temporary transborder and international route suspensions through June 25, 2020. Guests with travel booked after June 5 through July 4, will be proactively notified of their options. Full schedule details are available on westjet.com

It is through the hard work and dedication of teams across WestJet that we continue to provide safe, on-time air travel throughout Canada. We thank all WestJetters and our airport partners for their support during this time. For information on WestJet’s COVID-19 response including health, safety and cleaning protocols, visit the WestJet COVID-19 site here

Domestic route suspensions from June 5 through July 4, 2020 

Market Previous frequency 
Vancouver – Nanaimo 2x daily 
Vancouver – Comox 1x daily 
Vancouver – Regina 4x weekly 
Vancouver – Saskatoon 1x daily 
Vancouver – Winnipeg 3x daily 
Vancouver – Fort St. John 1x daily 
Vancouver – Cranbrook 1x daily 
Vancouver – Ottawa 2x daily 
Vancouver – Montreal 6 to 13x weekly 
Vancouver – Halifax 6x weekly 
Kelowna – Victoria 12x weekly 
Calgary – Prince George 1x daily 
Calgary – Ottawa 2x daily 
Calgary – Montreal 2x daily 
Calgary – London, ON 1 to 2x daily 
Calgary – Halifax 3x daily 
Calgary – St. John’s 1x daily 
Edmonton – Comox 8x weekly 
Edmonton – Victoria 20x weekly 
Edmonton – Kelowna 7x daily 
Edmonton – Grande Prairie 13x weekly 
Edmonton – Yellowknife 1x daily 
Edmonton – Saskatoon 3x daily 
Edmonton – Regina 3x daily 
Edmonton – Winnipeg 20x weekly 
Edmonton – Ottawa 4x weekly 
Edmonton – Montreal 3x weekly 
Edmonton – Halifax 10x weekly 
Edmonton – St. John’s 4x weekly 
Winnipeg – Ottawa 1x daily 
Winnipeg – Regina 1x daily 
Winnipeg – Halifax 1x daily 
Toronto – Victoria 4x weekly 
Toronto – Regina 10x weekly 
Toronto – Saskatoon 12x weekly 
Halifax – Montreal 2x daily 

The following domestic markets will have a new seasonal start date: 

Market New start date 
Calgary – Quebec City 6-Jul-20 
Calgary – Charlottetown 5-Jul-20 
Winnipeg – Montreal 5-Jul-20 
Toronto – Kelowna 5-Jul-20 
Toronto – Sydney, NS 5-Jul-20 

WESTJET CARGO DELIVERS FLOWERS FOR MOTHER’S DAY

While we may be physically distancing, we know moms will still be feeling the love today. Over the last three weeks, WestJet Cargo has helped deliver 15 tonnes of flowers across Canada — just in time for Mother’s Day.

ADM Announces its Financial Results at March 31, 2020

From Aéroports de Montréal

MONTRÉAL, May 5, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal today announced its consolidated operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. These results are accompanied by data on passenger traffic at YUL, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport.

Highlights
The number of passengers at YUL saw a sharp decline to 4 million passengers in the first quarter of 2020, which is 13.5% less than in 2019. This decrease is directly related to the international health crisis associated with COVID-19 and the effect it is having on all sectors. 

EBITDA (excess of revenues over expenses before financial expenses, taxes, depreciation and impairment of property and equipment and share in the results of a joint venture) amounted to $73.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, a decrease of $16.1 million, or 18.0%, compared with 2019.

The Corporation’s capital investments totalled $104.9 million in the first quarter of 2020 ($39.3 million for the same period in 2019). Investments in airports were financed by cash flows from operating activities, including airport improvement fees, and long-term debt.

Financial results
Consolidated revenues were $148.8 million in the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of $29.2 million, or 16.4%, compared with the corresponding period in 2019. This decrease is a consequence of the current pandemic which generated significant but necessary travel restrictions around the world in March 2020.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $62.0 million, an increase of $2.8 million, or 4.7%, over the previous year. This variance is due to higher operating costs, namely those related to the transition of the technology business model, partially offset by lower de-icing costs.

Transfers to governments (payments in lieu of taxes to municipalities and rent to Transport Canada) totalled $13.3 million for the period under review ($29.2 million for the corresponding period of 2019), down $15.9 million, or 54.5%. This decrease is attributable to lower revenues as well as to the rent exemption granted by Transport Canada to Canadian airports for the period from March 1 to December 31, 2020.

Depreciation and impairment of property and equipment amounted to $38.7 million in the first three months of 2020, an increase of $1.8 million, or 4.9%, compared with 2019. This increase is mainly due to the commissioning of projects completed in 2019.

Net financial expenses totalled $23.2 million in the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of $1.4 million, or 5.7%, compared with the same period in the previous year. This variance is mainly due to higher capitalized interest on capital projects, partially offset by the decrease in interest income generated by surplus cash.

The three-month period ended March 31, 2020 resulted in an excess of revenues over expenses of $11.8 million, compared with $28.2 million for the same period in 2019, a decrease of $16.4 million. If the gain on disposal of buildings in 2019 is excluded, the decrease in the excess of revenue over expenses would have been $8.7 million.

 Cumulative March 31
 (in millions of dollars)20202019Variance (%)
 Revenues148.8178.0(16.4)
 Operating expenses62.059.24.7
 Payments in lieu of municipal taxes10.010.2(2.0)
 Rent paid to Transport Canada3.319.0(82.6)
 Depreciation and impairment of property and equipment38.736.94.9
 Financial expenses (net)23.224.6(5.7)
 Total expenses137.2149.9(8.5)
Excess of revenues over expenses before share in the results of a joint venture11.628.1(58.7)
Share in the results of a joint venture0.20.1100.0
 Excess of revenues over expenses11.828.2(58.2)
 EBITDA73.589.6(18.0)

EBITDA is a financial measure that is not recognized by International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). It is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures used by other entities that are not airports. EBITDA is defined by the Corporation as the excess of revenues over expenses before financial expenses, taxes,  depreciation and impairment of property and equipment and share in the results of a joint venture. It is used by management as an indicator to evaluate operational performance. EBITDA is meant to provide additional information and is not intended to replace other performance measures prepared under IFRS

Passenger traffic

In the first quarter of 2020, traffic at Montréal-Trudeau totalled 4.0 million passengers, a decrease of 13.5% compared with 2019. International traffic decreased by 9.7%, transborder (United States) traffic declined by 17.6%, while domestic traffic fell by 15.7% compared with the first quarter of 2019.

Total passenger traffic*

Aéroports de Montréal (‘000)
20202019Variance
January1,594.61,532.14.1%
February1,529.51,432.56.8%
March921.21,712.7-46.2%
Total4,045.34,677.3-13.5%

*Note: Total passenger traffic includes revenue and non-revenue passengers.