WestJet reports record November load factor
Dec. 6, 2010, Calgary - WestJet today announced November 2010 traffic results with a load factor of 77.7 per cent, up 1.8 points year over year.
December 6, 2010 By Carey Fredericks
Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 17.9 per cent year over year. Capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 15.3 per cent over the same period.
All of WestJet's capacity increases were absorbed by healthy demand and the airline flew an additional 117,000 guests in the month compared to November last year.
"We are very pleased with our growth and strong load factor," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "Further, we're encouraged by the strength of bookings from the business market and the demand for WestJet Vacations packages."
In November, WestJet launched new seasonal non-stop service between Toronto and New Orleans, Louisiana; Santa Clara, Cuba; and Grand Cayman. As WestJet Vacations continues to earn the loyalty of Canadians seeking breaks from the Canadian winter, these new sun spot destinations are sure to be popular choices.
November 2010 traffic results
November 2010 November 2009 Change
Load factor 77.7% 75.9% 1.8 pts.
ASMs (billions) 1.653 1.434 15.3%
RPMs (billions) 1.284 1.089 17.9%
2010 2009 Change
Load factor 79.9% 78.4% 1.5 pts.
ASMs (billions) 17.768 16.021 10.9%
RPMs (billions) 14.195 12.555 13.1%
"We're very appreciative to be closing the year with so much positive momentum generated by our 8,000 caring WestJetters. I thank them for their contributions to our record results," concluded Gregg Saretsky.
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