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WestJet reports August traffic data

WestJet has announced its August 2010 traffic results with a load factor of 82.2%.

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased 8.2 per cent year over year to 1.437 billion from 1.328 billion. Capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 11.3 per cent to 1.749 billion from 1.57 billion over the same period.

These figures result in the load factor of 82.2% which was a 2.3 percentage point drop on last August’s figure of 84.5%.

"We continue to direct the majority of our new capacity toward our southern destinations, as we find the demand for leisure travel continues to be robust," commented WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "Additionally, our increased focus on the business travel segment, a key part of our growth strategy, has begun generating a positive response from corporate sales.

"Business and leisure travellers are benefitting from the value of our new fare structure as evidenced by the strong traffic growth," continued Saretsky. "We still expect a positive increase this quarter in year-over-year revenue per available seat mile.”

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