WestJet Performance

WestJet Reports Record October Load Factor of 81.7 Per Cent

Airline increases traffic by 4.5 per cent and flies a record number of guests in October

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WestJet today announced October 2017 traffic results with a record load factor of 81.7 per cent, an increase of 2.0 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 4.5 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 1.9 per cent over the same period. The airline flew a record 2.0 million guests in October, a year-over-year increase of 9.4 per cent or approximately 169,000 additional guests.

"We are very pleased with our fifth consecutive month of record load factors, as we also flew a record number of guests in October," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "My sincere thanks go out to our over 13,000 WestJetters for their continuing passion and commitment as we transition into the busy holiday season."

October 2017 traffic results 

October 2017

October 2016

Change

Load factor

81.7%

79.7%

2.0 pts

ASMs (billions)

2.398

2.353

1.9%

RPMs (billions)

1.960

1.875

4.5%

Year-to-date 2017

Year-to-date 2016

Change

Load factor

83.7%

82.1%

1.6 pts

ASMs (billions)

25.738

24.398

5.5%

RPMs (billions)

21.535

20.027

7.5%

In October, WestJet announced it will begin non-stop service between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, effective December 29, 2017. Service between Hamilton and Las Vegaswill operate twice weekly beginning December 29, 2017, through April 27, 2018. This winter, WestJet has a total of 63 weekly flights to Las Vegas from eight cities across Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto and Hamilton.



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