Westjet announces all-time record load factor

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THUNDER BAY – WestJet today announced August 2012 traffic results with an all-time record load factor of 88.9 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 9.2 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 2.3 per cent over the same period. The airline flew nearly 172,000 more guests this August compared to August of last year.

“We are extremely pleased to report the highest single-month load factor in WestJet history and I thank our caring WestJetters for their added energy in this record-breaking month,” commented WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “The demand environment remains strong and we are seeing a growing contribution from our airline code-shares and interline partnerships.”

August 2012 traffic results

  August 2012 August 2011 Change
Load factor 88.9% 83.3% 5.6 pts.  
ASMs (billions) 1.900 1.858 2.3%
RPMs (billions) 1.690 1.548 9.2%
  Year-to-date 2012 Year-to-date 2011 Change
Load factor 83.5% 80.7% 2.8 pts.
ASMs (billions) 14.878 14.188 4.9%
RPMs (billions) 12.427 11.450 8.5%