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WestJet reports May load factor of 79.0 per cent

Airline flies a record 1.6 million guests in the month, up 5 per cent

CALGARY, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced May 2014 traffic results with a load factor of 79.0 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 4.8 per cent year-over-year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 4.1 per cent over the same period. The airline flew 1.6 million guests in May, a year-over-year increase of 5.1 per cent or more than 77,000 additional guests.

"We are very pleased with our continued strong year over year traffic growth as a record number of guests in May chose to fly with WestJet," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "I want to thank all of our 10,000 WestJetters for their continued efforts in providing the friendly caring service that was central to WestJet's recent ranking as one of the most highly valued brands in Canada according to Interbrand Canada's 2014 Best Canadian Brands report."

May 2014 traffic results

  May 2014 May 2013 Change
Load factor 79.0% 78.5% 0.5 pts
ASMs (billions) 2.005 1.926 4.1%
RPMs (billions) 1.584 1.512 4.8%

  Year-to-date 2014 Year-to-date 2013 Change
Load factor 82.2% 82.9% (0.7 pts)
ASMs (billions) 10.675 9.972 7.0%
RPMs (billions) 8.774 8.266 6.1%

In May, WestJet launched its app for iPhone with Passbook support, available for free download from the App Store. WestJet guests can now book new flights, add existing reservations, check in for upcoming flights and get flight status information while also enjoying extras like seamless Passbook integration, exclusively available for iPhone users.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's most-preferred 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 85 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 120 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:
2014 Interbrand Canada's Best Canadian Brands (Rank #20)
2014 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Ipsos)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2014/2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2013 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)
2013 Gold Stevie Award Best Transportation Company (American Business Awards)
2013 Chairman's Circle Award: WestJet Vacations (CPSC)
2013 WestJet RBC MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (Money Sense magazine)

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