WestJet reports February load factor of 84.3 per cent

Airline achieves its third highest February load factor and flies a record 1.6 million guests

CALGARY, March 3, 2015 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced February 2015 traffic results with a load factor of 84.3 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 3.3 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 3.7 per cent over the same period. The airline flew 1.6 million guests in February, a year-over-year increase of 2.8 per cent or approximately 44,000 additional guests, and achieved an on-time performance rate of 75.8 per cent in the month, a year-over-year improvement of 6.7 percentage points.

"We are pleased with our continued traffic growth, achieving our third highest ever February load factor as we celebrated WestJet's 19th birthday," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "My thanks go out to our more than 10,000 WestJetters for continuing to deliver our award winning brand of fun, friendly and caring guest experience."

February 2015 traffic results


February 2015

February 2014

Change

Load factor

84.3%

84.6%

(0.3 pts)

ASMs (billions)

2.114

2.038

3.7%

RPMs (billions)

1.782

1.725

3.3%


Year-to-date 2015

Year-to-date 2014

Change

Load factor

81.8%

82.7%

(0.9 pts)

ASMs (billions)

4.446

4.249

4.6%

RPMs (billions)

3.636

3.514

3.5%

 

In February, WestJet Encore launched new, non-stop service between Edmonton, Alberta and Kamloops, British Columbia. This new service provides WestJet guests with easy access to the business and leisure opportunities available in the Thompson Country, as well as friendly, affordable non-stop access to the broader WestJet network for guests in the Kamloops area. Also in February, WestJet launched new, seasonal non-stop service between Calgary, Alberta and Loreto, Mexico, representing the airline's eighth destination in Mexico.

About WestJet
2015/2014 Top 100 Canadian Brands (Brand Finance)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2013 Gold Stevie Award Best Transportation Company (American Business Awards) 2013 Chairman's Circle Award: WestJet Vacations (CPSC)
2013 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Leger Marketing)
2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2013 WestJet RBC MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (Money Sense magazine)

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