WestJet announces March traffic results
April 3, 2013, Calgary - WestJet today announced March 2013 traffic results with a load factor of 86.1 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.2 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), was 8.4 per cent higher over the same period.
The airline flew 1.6 million guests in March, a year-over-year increase
of 6.7 per cent or approximately 101,100 additional guests.
"I am pleased to report a record first quarter load factor of 84.3 per cent, up from last year's record of 83.0 per cent, and our third strongest March in WestJet history. Our airline partnership strategy continues to contribute to our traffic and in March we added Air France as our ninth code-share partner," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "The market continues to absorb our capacity and my thanks go to our over 9,000 WestJetters for their energy and efforts that make us Canada's most preferred airline."
WestJet has completed its fleet reconfiguration program to include increased legroom on 24 "Plus" seats in each of its Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft, and beginning mid-April 2013 guests will be able to purchase Plus seats at WestJet's airport kiosks or on the airline's website 24 hours before their flight. In addition to increased legroom, a Plus fare will include convenience features such as priority security and boarding. This is a precursor to the late second-quarter rollout of WestJet's full Plus product, which includes new flexibility and convenience features as well as on-board amenities. Overall, WestJet's Econo, Flex and Plus fare products are designed to give guests choice of a fare product that will meet their needs.