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WestJet sees August load factor drop to 84.6%

WestJet has announced it flew a record 2 million passengers during August, a year-over-year increase of 44,000 guests, or 2.3%.
Revenue passenger miles also increased by 1.7% in comparison to August 2014, but since available seat miles (ASMs), grew 7.3% over the same respective periods, the airline’s load factor has dropped from 89.3% to 84.6%.
“We are pleased with our continued traffic growth as we welcomed almost two million guests on board in August, setting a new single-month record even as the Labour Day long weekend shifted out of August this year,” explained WestJet’s president and CEO, Gregg Saretsky. “The movement of this busy travel period into September contributed to the year-over-year decline from the all-time high load factor reported in August last year. My thanks go out to our more than 10,000 WestJetters for their continuing energy and passion through this busy summer period.”
Year-to-date figures for the carrier show a 1.7% decrease in load factor in comparison with 2014 from 82.7% to 80.9%. This is as a result of ASMs rising by 6.1% against a smaller RPM increase of 3.8%.
Elsewhere, WestJet achieved an on-time performance rate of 84% for August 2015, an improvement of 6.3 percentage points year-over-year.

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