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WestJet announces April traffic figures

WestJet has reported April 2010 traffic results with a record April load factor of 84.0%.

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased by 12.1% year over year to 1.335 billion from 1.191 billion. Capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 8.3% over the same period to 1.589 billion from 1.467 billion in April 2009.

The load factor thus rose by 2.8 percentage points to 84.0% from 81.2%, with the airline carrying an additional 70,000 guests in April 2010 compared to April 2009.

"We are very pleased to report double-digit improvements in traffic and our highest-ever April load factor while growing capacity," commented WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "We can attribute this successful growth to our expansion in southern markets and the ongoing contributions that WestJet Vacations is making to our business."

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