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WestJet reports August load factor of 87.9 per cent

Airline reports 11.5 per cent traffic growth and new record for monthly guests carried

CALGARY, Sept. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced August 2013 traffic results with a load factor of 87.9 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 11.5 per cent year-over-year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 12.8 per cent over the same period. The airline flew 1.8 million guests in August, a year-over-year increase of 9.1 per cent or approximately 150,000 additional guests.

"We are very pleased with the double digit year-over-year traffic growth and strong load factor achieved in August, especially considering our almost 13 per cent capacity growth," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "My thanks go to all the WestJetters for their hard work and dedication ensuring that our guests arrived safely during our busiest month ever."

August 2013 traffic results

  August 2013 August 2012 Change
Load factor 87.9% 88.9% (1.0 pts)
ASMs (billions) 2.144 1.900 12.8%
RPMs (billions) 1.884 1.690 11.5%

  Year-to-date 2013 Year-to-date 2012 Change
Load factor 82.9% 83.5% (0.6 pts)
ASMs (billions) 16.174 14.878 8.7%
RPMs (billions) 13.402 12.427 7.8%

In August, WestJet completed its fare bundle roll-out with the market launch of its Plus product. The Plus offers guests additional flexibility, comfort and convenience that include extra legroom, complimentary change and cancel options, advance boarding, priority security screening at available airports, and complimentary food and beverages. Combined with the airline's schedule, supported by its airline partnerships, the launch of WestJet Encore, and a simple transparent rewards program, WestJet continues to increase its appeal to both business and leisure guests.

About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service to 87 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now has more than 9,600 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of more than 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world. This year, WestJet launched its new regional airline, WestJet Encore.

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