WestJet’s January load factor rises above 80%

WestJet has reported its January 2016 traffic results with a load factor of 80.1%, up by 0.6 percentage points over January 2015’s figure.

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased 7.8% to 1.998 billion from 1.854 billion last January, while available seat miles (ASMs) grew by 7.0% to 2.495 billion from 2.332 billion over the respective periods.

The airline flew a record 1.7 million passengers in January, a year-over-year increase of 7.4% or approximately 119,000 additional travellers.

In January, WestJet announced its 2016 summer schedule, including additions to its Toronto hub and enhanced schedules for business travellers. WestJet's 2016 summer schedule includes new non-stop service from Toronto to Nashville and Los Angeles as well as Calgary to Thunder Bay. Other additions to WestJet's Toronto hub include increased service to Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach. Routes with enhanced schedules for business travellers include Toronto to Ottawa, Montreal and Fredericton as well as between Ottawa and Halifax.

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