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WestJet achieves new record load factor for October

Nov. 4, 2011, Calgary - WestJet on Thursday announced October 2011 traffic results with a load factor of 77.4 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 6.7 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), also grew 6.7 per cent over the same period. WestJet flew 79,000 more guests this October compared to October of last year.


November 4, 2011
Carey Fredericks

"We reported another strong load factor and achieved a new record for the month of October by carrying over 1.3 million guests," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "Demand kept pace with our capacity additions this month and our forward bookings remain healthy."

"As we enter into the busy booking period for southern vacations, we believe the relevancy of our rewards programs, not charging for the first checked bag and, most importantly, our friendly service make us the leading choice for Canadians as they select an airline or vacation package provider," continued Gregg Saretsky. "I would like to thank WestJetters for their caring and outgoing nature which is always evident as they serve our guests and represent our brand."

October 2011 traffic results
                  October 2011    October 2010    Change
Load factor          77.4%           77.4%            – 
ASMs (billions)    1.708            1.601             6.7%
RPMs (billions)    1.322            1.239             6.7%
 
                 Year-to-date 2011    Year-to-date 2010    Change
Load factor         79.8%                 80.1%              (0.3 pts.)
ASMs (billions)    17.565                16.115                9.0%
RPMs (billions)    14.019                12.911                8.6%

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