Posted on: 04 March 2016 by Mark Howells
WestJet’s traffic results for February 2016 show a load factor of 83.2%, a 1.1 percentage point decrease in comparison to February 2015.
Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased 7.7% year over year – with the carrier flying a record 1.7 million guests during February, marking an additional 122,000 guests – while available seat miles (ASMs) grew 9.2% over the same period.
“We are pleased with our continued strong traffic growth in February and our booked load factor for March is up year over year.” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “We flew a record number of guests for the month of February while celebrating WestJet's 20th birthday. I want to thank our more than 11,000 WestJetters for continuing to deliver the remarkable guest experience WestJet has become known for over the last two decades.”
For the year-to-date, WestJet’s RPMs have increased by 7.7% from 3.636 billion in 2015 to 3.917 billion in 2016 against an ASM increase of 8% from 4.446 billion to 4.803 billion across the same respective periods. This resulted in a load factor decrease of 0.3 percentage points from 81.8% to 81.5%.