WestJet reports record January load factor

Airline flies nearly 124,000 more guests this January compared to last

CALGARY, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced January 2012 traffic results with a record load factor of 79.9 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 11.5 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 8.6 per cent over the same period.

"We are very happy with this strong start to 2012 and the new record January load factor. Our capacity increases are being nicely absorbed and the healthy demand for air travel has continued into the new year," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "I thank WestJetters for their high level of engagement and ongoing contributions to the profitable growth of our airline."

January 2012 traffic results

  January 2012 January 2011 Change
Load factor 79.9% 77.8% 2.1 pts.
ASMs (billions) 1.918 1.766 8.6%
RPMs (billions) 1.532 1.374 11.5%

On January 17, 2012, WestJet and Delta Air Lines launched a new code-share agreement. "We've had an interline relationship with Delta since early 2011 and are very happy to have them as our fifth code-share partner," said Gregg Saretsky. "As this relationship matures, we look forward to welcoming even more Delta passengers on board WestJet flights and sharing our remarkable guest experience with them."

WestJet recently released its summer schedule which includes new service to Whitehorse, Yukon, and two sun destinations - Aruba and Kingston, Jamaica. The airline also announced that it will launch service between Toronto and New York's LaGuardia Airport starting June 4, 2012. WestJet guests travelling to LaGuardia will arrive into Delta's main connection area and be able to connect with this new code-share partner's extensive U.S. network without additional security screening.

WestJet will report its 2011 fourth quarter and year-end results on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. Following the release of these results, WestJet will hold its quarterly analysts' conference call at 9 a.m. MST (11 a.m. EST). WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky and Executive Vice-President of Finance and CFO Vito Culmone will discuss the airline's 2011 fourth quarter and year-end results and answer questions from financial analysts and 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.

About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 75-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 97 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 38 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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WestJet Media Relations
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