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WestJet reports Sept. load factor of 75.5 per cent

Oct. 5, 2010, Calgary – WestJet has announced September 2010 traffic results with a load factor of 75.5 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.8 per cent year over year. Capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 11.9 per cent over the same period.


October 5, 2010
By Carey Fredericks

Oct. 5, 2010, Calgary – WestJet has announced September 2010 traffic
results with a load factor of 75.5 per cent. Revenue passenger miles
(RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.8 per cent year over year. Capacity,
measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 11.9 per cent over the
same period.

Overall, we are pleased with both our September and third quarter traffic results. We continue to prudently expand our network, positioning us well for the future. We are also positive about the upward recovery we are experiencing," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky.

This month's load factor, although down 2.2 points from last year, is above the historical average for the month of September. "Moreover, we flew an additional 49,000 guests for the month while we continued to expand our network with growth of 11.9 per cent," added Gregg Saretsky. In the third quarter, WestJet's load factor was flat year over year on 11. 7 per cent increased capacity growth.

"Our ability to deliver on our growth plans is because of the hard work and support of WestJetters. I thank all 7,900 of them for their care, energy and commitment to our guests and business," said Gregg Saretsky.

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WestJet recently received results from the Harris/Decima EquiTrend study that showed WestJet has the highest brand equity of the airlines included in the study. The online survey was conducted in August 2010 and included interviews with over 15,000 Canadians who validated the work WestJetters do to earn such an impressive result.

"Caring WestJetters represent the value in our brand and these results show that Canadians appreciate them for it," said Gregg Saretsky.