Airline flies nearly 172,000 additional guests year over year
CALGARY, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced August 2012
traffic results with an all-time record load factor of 88.9 per cent.
Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 9.2 per cent year
over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew
2.3 per cent over the same period. The airline flew nearly 172,000 more
guests this August compared to August of last year.
"We are extremely pleased to report the highest single-month load factor
in WestJet history and I thank our caring WestJetters for their added
energy in this record-breaking month," commented WestJet President and
CEO Gregg Saretsky. "The demand environment remains strong and we are
seeing a growing contribution from our airline code-shares and
August 2012 traffic results
WestJet continues to grow its airline partnerships and currently has 27
alliance relationships with airlines around the globe. These
partnerships bring additional guest traffic to the airline and have
also made it easier for WestJet guests to reach an expanded network.
Guests can make bookings directly via WestJet to an additional 48
destinations in the U.S. and Caribbean that are serviced by its
Another great Caribbean destination, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago was recently added to the list of new destinations that WestJet plans
to serve as part of its 2012/2013 winter schedule. It joins the other
four recent additions of Antigua and Barbuda, Liberia, Costa Rica, Curacao and Manzanillo, Mexico that will launch service this winter season.
WestJet Vacations was recently rated highest in guest satisfaction and
loyalty among the most used tour operators in Canada. "We launched
WestJet Vacations in 2006 and have been successful in extending our
signature fun and friendly guest experience to the packaged-vacation
market," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Sales,
Marketing and Guest Experience. "I thank our travel agent partners and
our guests who continue to make us their provider of choice."
Caution regarding forward-looking statements
Certain information set forth in this news release, including
information regarding the demand environment and WestJet's winter
schedule, 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 strategy 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 81 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet has pioneered
low-cost flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer,
WestJet now has more than 8,600 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a
fleet of 99 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft with future confirmed
deliveries for an additional 36 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft
through 2018 and plans to launch a low-cost regional airline in 2013,
WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international
airlines in the world.
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