Posted on: 04 May 2016 by Mark Howells
WestJet carried 1.7 million passengers in April, marking a year-over-year increase of 5.1% (approximately 84,000 additional customers) and a record month for the carrier.
Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) rose by 5.5% from 1,829 billion in April 2015 to 1,930 billion in April 2016, while available seat miles (ASMs) grew 5% from 2,280 billion to 2,394 billion over the respective periods. The load factor for April 2016 reached 80.6%, a 0.4 percentage point increase.
“We are pleased with our continued strong traffic growth as a record number of guests chose to fly with us in April,” remarked WestJet’s president and CEO, Gregg Saretsky. “My thanks go out to our more than 11,000 WestJetters for continuing to provide our guests with a remarkable experience as we look forward to launching our inaugural service to London Gatwick later this week.”
The load factor for the year-to-date in 2016 has also increased 0.4 percentage points year-over-year from 81.3% to 81.7% after ASMs went from 9,099 billion to 9,689 billion – up 6.5% – against a 7.1% increase in RPMs from 7,395 billion to 7,918 billion.