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WestJet reports October load factor of 79.7 per cent

Airline increases traffic by 18.7 per cent and achieves second-highest October load factor 

CALGARY, Nov. 10, 2016 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced October 2016 traffic results with a load factor of 79.7 per cent an increase of 2.6 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 18.7 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 14.8 per cent over the same period. The airline flew a record 1.8 million guests in October, a year-over-year increase of 14.2 per cent or approximately 226,000 additional guests.

"We are pleased with our sixth consecutive month of double-digit traffic growth as we achieved our second-highest October load factor and flew a record number of guests," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "My sincere thanks go out to our almost 12,000 WestJetters for their continuing passion and commitment as we transition into the busy winter season."

October 2016 traffic results

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2.6 pts

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Year-to-date 2016

Year-to-date 2015


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1.9 pts

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In October, WestJet was recognized as both Canada's most trusted airline and most reputable Canadian company for corporate social responsibility. These recognitions were based on surveys done by the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria and the Reputation Institute, the world's leading research and advisory firm on corporate reputation.   

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's most trusted airline, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit

Recent recognition includes:
2016 Canada's Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)2016 Canada's most reputable company for Corporate Social Responsibility (Reputation Institute)2016/2015/2014/2013/2012 Ranked top three for Canadian Brands (Canadian Business Magazine)2016/2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (MoneySense magazine)
2015/2011/2010/2008/2007/2006/2005 Canada's Most Admired Corporate Culture (Waterstone Human Capital)
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)

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