Airline flies 1.5 million guests in the month, a 2.2 per cent increase
CALGARY, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced April 2013 traffic
results with a load factor of 82.7 per cent. Revenue passenger miles
(RPMs), or traffic, increased 3.2 per cent year over year, and
capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), was 7.4 per cent
higher over the same period. The airline flew 1.5 million guests in
April, a year-over-year increase of 2.2 per cent or approximately
33,000 additional guests.
"We are pleased with the continued year-over-year growth in traffic, and
have experienced the same soft patch reported by other North American
carriers in April, which is not only attributable to the timing of the
Easter and Passover holidays, but also the cancellation of some of the
Thomas Cook capacity purchase commitments we were unable to resell so
late in the season, and the loss of the one-time benefit from Air
Canada's labour uncertainty in the second quarter of 2012. We are
however seeing stronger bookings in May and June," said WestJet
President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "WestJetters continue to demonstrate
passion for our airline, and I thank them for the teamwork and
dedication they show in providing our guests with a remarkable
April 2013 traffic results
WestJet will hold its quarterly analysts' conference call today, May 7,
2013, at 8 a.m. MDT (10 a.m. EDT). President and CEO Gregg Saretsky and
Executive Vice-President of Finance and CFO Vito Culmone will discuss
WestJet's first quarter 2013 results and answer questions from
financial analysts and members of the media. The conference call will
be available in Toronto by calling 416-915-3239, in Vancouver by
calling 604-638-5340 and across Canada and the United States through
the toll-free telephone number 1-800-319-4610. The call can also be
heard live through an Internet webcast accessible via the Media and
Investor Relations section of www.westjet.com.
WestJet will also hold its AGM today, May 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. MDT (4 p.m.
EDT) at WestJet's Calgary Campus at 22 Aerial Place NE. The AGM webcast
will be available live in the Media and Investor Relations section of www.westjet.com.
Caution regarding forward-looking statements
Certain information set forth in this news release, including
information regarding the strength of bookings for May and June
contains forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking
statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of
which are beyond WestJet's control. These forward-looking statements
are based on WestJet's existing forecast and currently available
implementation plans, agreements and bookings, but may vary due to
factors including, but not limited to, changes in guest demand,
regulatory and competitive environment and general economic conditions.
These and additional risk factors are discussed in WestJet's most
recent Annual Information Form and in other documents WestJet files
from time to time with securities regulatory authorities, which are
available under WestJet's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Readers are cautioned that undue reliance should not be placed on
forward-looking statements as actual results may vary materially from
the forward-looking statements. WestJet does not undertake to update
any forward-looking statements, except as is required by law.
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service
to 85 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet pioneered low-cost
flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now
has more than 9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of
more than 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400 NextGen
aircraft, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful
international airlines in the world.
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