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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.

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                        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%
    ————————————————————————-
   
   
    ————————————————————————-
                                 Year-to-date        Year-to-date
                                     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.