WestJet reports highest load factor in 18-year history

Airline flies 7.4 per cent more revenue passenger miles year over year

CALGARY, Sept. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced August 2014 traffic results with an all-time record load factor of 89.3 per cent, an increase of 1.4 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 7.4 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 5.7 per cent over the same period. The airline flew a record 1.9 million guests in August, a year-over-year increase of 7.0 per cent or approximately 126,000 additional guests, and achieved an on-time performance rate of 77.6 per cent in the month, an improvement of 4.4 percentage points year over year.

"We are extremely pleased to report the highest single-month load factor in WestJet history as we saw continued strong traffic growth in August, welcoming a record 1.9 million guests on board," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "My thanks go out to all WestJetters for continuing to deliver our brand of friendly caring service during this record-breaking month."

August 2014 traffic results

  August 2014 August 2013 Change
Load factor 89.3% 87.9% 1.4 pts
ASMs (billions) 2.267 2.144 5.7%
RPMs (billions) 2.023 1.884 7.4%

  Year-to-date 2014 Year-to-date 2013 Change
Load factor 82.7% 82.9% (0.2 pts)
ASMs (billions) 17.223 16.174 6.5%
RPMs (billions) 14.243 13.402 6.3%

WestJet encourages guests to download and engage with the airline's app. The WestJet app allows guests to plan and book trips, check the status of flights, check in and board flights with Passbook. Learn more about the WestJet app at westjet.com/app and stay tuned for promotions related to the app through year end.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's most-preferred airline, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to 90 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 120 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacation packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes:

2014 Interbrand Canada's Best Canadian Brands (Rank #20)
2014 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Ipsos)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2014/2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2013 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)
2013 Gold Stevie Award Best Transportation Company (American Business Awards)
2013 Chairman's Circle Award: WestJet Vacations (CPSC)
2013 WestJet RBC MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (Money Sense magazine)

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