WestJet reports highest ever load factor

WestJet’s traffic results for Aug. 2017 reveal a load factor of 90.6 per cent, an increase of 4.1 percentage points year over year – with the airline also setting a new all-time monthly record for guests flown, at 2.3 million. This represented a year-over-year increase of 13.8 per cent, approximately 288,000 additional guests.

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 10.6 per cent year over year, while capacity – measured in available seat miles (ASMs) – grew 5.6 per cent over the same period.

“We are extremely pleased with our double-digit traffic growth, as we reported our highest ever load factor of 90.6 per cent, flew the most monthly number of guests in our twenty-one year history and set a new single day record on Aug. 8 by flying 81,423 guests,” said WestJet president and CEO, Gregg Saretsky.

“My sincere thanks go out to our over 13,000 WestJetters for continuing to deliver our award-winning brand of friendly caring service over this record breaking summer season.”

The news comes shortly after WestJet and Air France-KLM launched the earn phase of their reciprocal frequent flyer agreement – allowing passengers to accumulate their choice of Flying Blue Miles or WestJet dollars on all WestJet, Air France, and KLM flights.

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