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Explanation: 'taux de remplissage' is actually not very good French. That's why I would forget about the word 'remplissage'. It seems to me that they are talking about the number of passengers who actually board the plane.
Il s'agit naturellement des compagnies aériennes, victimes de plusieurs jours d'arrêt du trafic aux Etats-Unis, de la désaffection des passagers (20 % des vols ont été supprimés et le **taux de remplissage** des avions est inférieur à 50 %) et du renforcement des mesures de sécurité (qui allonge les délais d'attente dans les aéroports).
2.6 In defence of what has become known as the "Fortress Heathrow" policy, it has been argued that UK carriers operating from London are
suffering as a result of intense competition from other, particularly European, carriers on the transatlantic. This is however, not borne out by their
load factors which appear to be buoyant. Passenger load factors for all scheduled carriers on the North Atlantic—including BA and
Virgin—averaged 76.5 per cent in 1998. Average load factors for US carriers on the North Atlantic for the year ended June 1999 were 84.7 per
cent. The average load factor for the two designated UK carriers for the year ending March 1999 was 84.6 per cent.