Air Canada By The Numbers

Air Canada has reported its fourth quarter and full year 2022 financial results.

Highlights include:

  • Record fourth quarter passenger revenues of $4.062 billion, doubled than fourth quarter 2021 and about two per cent higher than fourth quarter 2019
  • Record fourth quarter operating revenues of $4.680 billion, 71 per cent higher than fourth quarter 2021 and about six per cent higher than fourth quarter 2019
  • Operating losses of $28 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 and of $187 million for the full year 2022
  • Adjusted EBITDA* of $389 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 and of $1.457 billion for the full year 2022
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin* of 8.3 per cent for the fourth quarter of 2022 and of 8.8 per cent for the full year 2022
  • Total liquidity of over $9.8 billion at Dec. 31, 2022

Commenting on the results, Air Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Rousseau said: “We are pleased with our fourth quarter and full year 2022 financial results. We reported record fourth quarter passenger and operating revenues, surpassing our results from a year ago and those of the fourth quarter of 2019. This was due to solid demand and yield environments across our network. This progress was also a result of the dedication and hard work of our employees who safely transported more than two million customers during a holiday period challenged by severe winter weather across North America, and to our entire team who successfully executed on our strategy. I warmly thank them.”

Rousseau continued: “Our performance is attributable to the deep resilience we have built into our company for long-term stability. We reported positive cash flows from operations in the fourth quarter of $647 million and positive free cash flow of $320 million. We exercised diligent cost control. Our adjusted EBITDA of $389 million was $367 million better than a year ago. For the full year, we reported adjusted EBITDA of $1.457 billion and an adjusted EBITDA margin of 8.8 per cent, meeting our full-year 2022 guidance. We ended the year with total liquidity of more than $9.8 billion.”

He pointed out that: “These results also validate our strategy of diversifying our revenue sources. In our core passenger business, revenue was about two per cent higher than in the fourth quarter of 2019. Revenue from our premium cabins was about 13 per cent higher, supported in part by Aeroplan. The loyalty program’s active membership is at an all-time high and continues to grow, and Air Canada Cargo revenue was up 55 per cent compared to the same quarter pre-pandemic. Similarly, Air Canada Vacations ground package revenues contributed to the growth in other revenues of $62 million, or 23 per cent higher than the fourth quarter of 2019.”

Air Canada’s President and CEO noted that: “We are very encouraged with the positive outlook ahead. Our quarterly ticket sales were 102 per cent of the fourth quarter of 2019, on a lower level of capacity, and we expect a solid demand environment in 2023. In anticipation, we are building out our global network, continuing our narrow-body fleet renewal, and investing in technology and customer service. More than 36 million people chose to fly with Air Canada last year. We appreciate and thank them for their loyalty. We intend to do much more to provide them with an elevated level of customer service and continuous value from our airline in 2023 and beyond.”

[*Adjusted CASM, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted pre-tax income (loss), free cash flow, leverage ratio, net debt, and return on invested capital referred to in this news release, are non-GAAP financial measures, capital management measures, non-GAAP ratios or supplementary financial measures. Such measures are not recognized measures for financial statement presentation under GAAP, do not have standardized meanings, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other entities and should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. Refer to the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this news release for descriptions of these measures, and for a reconciliation of Air Canada non-GAAP measures used in this news release to the most comparable GAAP financial measure.]