WestJet reports a 19 per cent increase in June traffic

Airline reports strong growth and achieves a load factor of 78.2 per cent

CALGARY, July 6 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced June 2010 traffic results with a load factor of 78.2 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) or traffic increased 19.0 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 10.9 per cent over the same period. The airline flew an additional 139,000 guests in June 2010 compared to June 2009.

"Since June is a month when we transition into the peak travel season, we are very encouraged with this month's strong load factor, particularly with our significant year-over-year capacity growth," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "We are also excited about our new everyday low fare structure. This new approach offers lower fares to all destinations year-round, and also lowers our highest fares for last-minute travellers and guests travelling at peak times."

"As always, our strong results and continued growth are a direct result of the caring and dedicated work of over 7,600 WestJetters across our network," added Gregg Saretsky. "I thank them very much for their hard work in preparing us for a successful summer."

    
                          June 2010 traffic results

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                           June 2010             June 2009            Change
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    Load factor              78.2%                 72.9%             5.3 pts.
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    ASMs (billions)          1.566                 1.412               10.9%
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    RPMs (billions)          1.224                 1.029               19.0%
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                       Second quarter 2010   Second quarter 2009      Change
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    Load factor              80.0%                 76.1%             3.9 pts.
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    ASMs (billions)          4.784                 4.315               10.9%
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    RPMs (billions)          3.825                 3.285               16.4%
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                        Year-to-date 2010     Year-to-date 2009       Change
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    Load factor              80.8%                 78.3%             2.5 pts.
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    ASMs (billions)          9.483                 8.672                9.4%
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    RPMs (billions)          7.665                 6.787               12.9%
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In June, WestJet began non-stop service to Samana, Dominican Republic, as well as summer service from Vancouver to both Kitchener-Waterloo and San Francisco.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 68-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, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 89 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 46 aircraft through 2016, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

    
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