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WestJet reports March load factor of 84.1 per cent

Airline increases traffic by 8.7 per cent, flies a record 2.0 million guests for the month of March

CALGARY, April 13, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced March 2017 traffic results with a load factor of 84.1 per cent, an increase of 0.9 percentage points year over year.    Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.7 per cent year-over-year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 7.4 per cent over the same period.    The airline flew a record 5.7 million guests in the first quarter, a year-over-year increase of 6.8 per cent or approximately 363,000 additional guests.
“We continue to be pleased with our strong traffic growth as a record number of guests chose to fly with us in the first quarter,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky.  “My thanks go out to all WestJetters for their dedication to providing our growing number of guests with a safe and remarkable travel experience.”

March 2017 traffic results

March 2017

March 2016

Change

Load factor

84.1%

83.2%

0.9 pts

ASMs (billions)

2.676

2.491

7.4%

RPMs (billions)

2.252

2.072

8.7%

First quarter 2017

First quarter 2016

Change

Load factor

83.0%

82.1%

0.9 pts

ASMs (billions)

7.699

7.294

5.6%

RPMs (billions)

6.393

5.988

6.8%

WestJet recently announced an expansion to their reciprocal frequent flyer agreement with Delta Air Lines to include redemption of WestJet dollars on new select Delta routes including Paris, Tokyo, Rome, Madrid, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney (Australia).    Delta SkyMiles Members can now redeem miles anywhere WestJet flies.