Posted on: 11 October 2016 by Mark Howells
During September 2016, WestJet carried 5.9 million passengers, marking a year-over-year increase of 7%.
Available seat miles (ASMs) rose by 12.6% to 2,363,000,000 from 2,099,000,000 during the same month the previous year, against a growth of 16.3% in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) to 1,887,000,000 from 1,623,000,000.
This meant the carrier’s load factor for September 2016 reached 79.9%, marking a 2.5 percentage point increase from September 2015 as well as a record figure for the month.
For the third quarter of 2016, WestJet’s load factor reached 84%, 2.2 percentage points higher than for the same period the previous year.
ASMs increased by 10.6% to 7,635,000,000 from 6,904,000,000 year-over-year compared to a 13.6% increase in RPMs to 6,414,000,000 from 5,647,000,000.
Finally, for the year-to-date, WestJet has recorded a 1.8 percentage point increase in load factor to 82.3% in comparison to the same period in 2015.
Year-over-year, the airline’s ASMs rose by 8.2% to 22,045,000,000 from 20,377,000,000 against a 10.6% growth in RPMs to 18,152,000,000 from 16,412,000,000.
“We are pleased with our fifth consecutive month of double-digit traffic growth, as we achieved our second highest load factor for a third quarter at 84% and flew a record 5.9 million guests,” noted WestJet’s president and CEO, Gregg Saretsky. “As we transition through our shoulder period into the busy winter season, I want to thank our almost 12,000 WestJetters for their commitment to providing our brand of friendly caring service.”