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WestJet says fewer passenegers flew in February

March 5, 2012, Toronto - WestJet says slightly fewer passengers filled its seats in February, a key period for vacationing university and college students.


March 5, 2012
By The Canadian Press

The Calgary-based carrier, which has boosted its capacity since last year, said Monday its load factor dipped to 82.7 per cent for the month, a decline from 83.6 per cent at the same time a year earlier.

WestJet's traffic or revenues passenger miles, increased 9.9 per cent while capacity grew 10.9 per cent in the
period.

"We are pleased with our strong February load factor, given the capacity increases, and our forward bookings are healthy,'' said WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky in a release.

Porter Airlines reported that it reached a record load factor of 56.1 per cent for the month, rising 5.5 per cent.

"February shows year-over-year improvement in all categories,'' said Porter president and CEO Robert Deluce.

"Seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach began this month and we are projecting another good year for this popular destination.''

Air Canada is expected to report its February traffic numbers later in the day.