WestJet announces May traffic results

WestJet has reported May 2011 traffic results with a load factor of 74.8%, down slightly on last May’s figure.

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased 3.1% year over year to 1.304 billion from 1.265 billion. Available seat miles (ASMs), grew by 7.0% over the same period, to 1.742 billion from 1.628 billion. These figures created a load factor of 74.8% in May 2011, down 2.9 percentage points from last May’s 77.7%.

"May is considered a shoulder period where our aircraft deployment begins to shift back towards more domestic flying as we gear up for the busy summer season," commented WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "An increase in our domestic capacity this month contributed to a lower year-over-year load factor, but we remain encouraged with the favourable pricing environment and strong year-over-year yields."

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