WestJet reports October load factor of 80.9 per cent

News provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership
westjetCALGARY Nov. 8, 2018 /CNW/ – Today WestJet announced October 2018 traffic results with a load factor of 80.9 per cent, a decrease of 0.8 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 7.4 per cent year over year, while capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 8.5 per cent over the same period. WestJet welcomed an additional 86,000 guests in October, a year over year increase of 4.4 per cent. Year to date traffic growth continues to outpace capacity additions.

“Our year over year traffic growth remains strong as we welcomed a record 2.1 million guests into our network in October,” Ed Sims, WestJet President & CEO. “As we move into the busy winter season, I want to thank every individual WestJetter for continuing to provide our guests with an award-winning service experience.”

October 2018 traffic results

October 2018

October 2017


Load factor



-0.8 pts.

ASMs (billions)




RPMs (billions)




Year to Date 2018

Year to Date 2017


Load factor



0.4 pts.

ASMs (billions)




RPMs (billions)




Note: All statistics are at a consolidated WestJet group level

In October, WestJet announced the addition of three new non-stop services. First, from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Fort Lauderdale, Florida with service available on a limited basis from March 11, 2019 through May 13, 2019. Second, WestJet will be adding Barcelona, Spain to its growing presence in Europe with non-stop service from Toronto starting May 24, 2019 through October 21, 2019. Finally, WestJet announced it is expanding choice and connectivity for Calgarians with service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) next spring. WestJet serves more destinations from Calgary with more flights than any other airline. This new route is another investment in the Calgary airport, city and region.

Caution regarding forward-looking information
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