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WestJet’s August traffic soars

Sept. 6, 2011, Calgary - WestJet today announced August 2011 traffic results with a load factor of 83.3 per cent.


September 6, 2011
By Carey Fredericks

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) or traffic increased 7.7 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 6.2 per cent over the same period.

"This August, we flew 1.49 million guests, the highest monthly total in WesJet's history. I thank WestJetters for their dedication to ensuring our guests arrive safely during the busy summer travel season," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "We are pleased with the improved August load factor and forward bookings remain healthy as our capacity increases continue to be absorbed by the market."

August 2011 traffic results
                              August 2011                August 2010            Change
Load factor                    83.3%                      82.2%                1.1 pts.
ASMs (billions)              1.858                        1.749                 6.2%
RPMs (billions)              1.548                        1.437                 7.7%

                               
                      Year-to-date 2011                  Year-to-date 2010                   Change
Load factor               80.7%                             81.0%                               (0.3 pts.)
ASMs (billions)         14.188                             12.968                                9.4%
RPMs (billions)         11.450                             10.504                                9.0%

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"All WestJetters strive to provide a great guest experience and it is this team effort that continues to set us apart," commented Gregg Saretsky. "WestJetters are a caring and reliable group that guests can count on throughout their entire travel experience, starting with the friendly agents in our call centres all the way to the helpful agents at the baggage carousels."

The new 2011-2012 WestJet Vacations brochure was released in August and can be found in aircraft seatback pockets, travel agencies, WestJet destinations across Canada and online atwestjetvacations.com. "WestJet Vacations has introduced a vacation price guarantee for the upcoming winter season," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience. "We want to give guests who book early peace of mind by guaranteeing the best price for their vacation package, even if prices drop after they book."