Westjet Reports Increased Load Factor for April

Westjet has expanded service in Brandon with more flights - Photo by Skylar Perreault
Westjet has expanded service in Brandon with more flights - Photo by Skylar Perreault

CALGARY – AVIATION – WestJet today announced April 2017 traffic results with a load factor of 84.8 per cent, an increase of 4.2 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 12.8 per cent year-over-year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 7.3 per cent over the same period. The airline flew a record 2.0 million guests in April, a year-over-year increase of 13.5 per cent or approximately 235,000 additional guests.

“We are very pleased with our continued strong traffic growth as a record number of guests chose to fly with us in April,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “My sincere thanks go out to our more than 12,000 WestJetters for their ongoing commitment to delivering our award winning brand of caring friendly service.”

April 2017 traffic results

April 2017

April 2016


Load factor



4.2 pts

ASMs (billions)




RPMs (billions)




Year-to-date 2017

Year-to-date 2016


Load factor



1.8 pts

ASMs (billions)




RPMs (billions)




About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada’s most trusted airline, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country’s top employers. We offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet’s extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

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