WestJet increases July load factor

WestJet has announced its July 2016 traffic results with a load factor of 85.2%, an increase of 2.4 percentage points year over year.

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased 13.9 per cent year over year to 2.239 billion in July 2016 from 1.966 billion in July 2015. Available seat miles (ASMs) were increased by 10.7% to 2.627 billion from 2.374 billion for the respective months.

The airline flew a record 2.0 million passengers in July, a year-over-year increase of 6.6% or approximately 126,000 additional customers.

“We are very pleased with our continued double-digit traffic growth as we achieved our second-highest July load factor,” remarked WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “I want to thank our almost 12,000 WestJetters for their commitment to providing a remarkable guest experience through the busy summer travel season.”

In July, WestJet announced its 2016-2017 winter schedule which included new flights to its growing domestic and international networks including new non-stop weekly service between Regina and Orlando, Florida, and new flights from Toronto to a number of Canadian and international destinations including Vancouver, Ottawa, Moncton, Myrtle Beach, Aruba, Kingston (Jamaica), San Jose and Liberia (Costa Rica), Port of Spain and St Martin.

On 29 October 2016, WestJet will become the only Canadian airline to provide non-stop service to Belize, connecting Toronto with Belize City twice weekly, including connecting service from Western and Atlantic Canada.

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