Posted on: 10 June 2016 by Mark Howells
WestJet has achieved a record load factor of 81.4% for May 2016, a 4.2 percentage point increase on the 77.2% achieved during May 2015.
While available seat miles (ASMs) increased by 8.4% from 2,187 billion to 2,371 billion, revenue passenger miles (RPMs) grew by 14.4% from 1,688 billion to 1,931 billion.
The airline also flew a record 1.8 million passengers during May 2016, a 9.6% increase in comparison to the same month the previous year.
“We are very pleased with our continued strong traffic growth as we flew a record 1.8 million guests for the month of May and ushered in a new chapter in the history of WestJet with the launch of our wide-body transatlantic service to London,” commented WestJet’s president and CEO, Gregg Saretsky. “I want to thank our more than 11,000 WestJetters for continuing to deliver our brand of friendly, caring service each and every day.”
Year-to-date figures for 2016 show a 6.9% increase in ASMs from 11,286 billion to 12,060 billion year-over-year in comparison to an 8.4% growth in RPMs from 9,083 billion to 9,848 billion, resulting in a load factor increase of 1.2 percentage points from 80.5% to 81.7%.