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WestJet reports June load factor of 77.4 per cent

Airline sets a new single-day record flying more than 63,000 guests

CALGARY, July 7, 2014 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced June 2014 traffic results with a load factor of 77.4 per cent, an increase of 0.6 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 5.0 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), was 4.3 per cent higher over the same period. WestJet achieved an on-time performance rate of 85.6 per cent in June, an improvement of 5.0 percentage points year over year. In the second quarter of 2014, the airline achieved a load factor of 79.6 per cent and flew nearly 4.8 million guests, a year-over-year increase of 6.2 per cent or approximately 280,000 additional guests.

"We are very pleased to report strong year over year traffic growth in June, a month in which we set a new single-day record, flying 63,756 guests on Friday, June 27, and successfully launched our first transatlantic service to Dublin, Ireland," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "As we transition into our busy summer season, I want to thank WestJetters for their commitment to providing a remarkable experience for our growing number of guests."

June 2014 traffic results

  June 2014 June 2013 Change
Load factor 77.4% 76.8% 0.6 pts
ASMs (billions) 2.032 1.948 4.3%
RPMs (billions) 1.572 1.497 5.0%

  Second quarter
Second quarter
Load factor 79.6% 79.4% 0.2 pts
ASMs (billions) 6.193 5.888 5.2%
RPMs (billions) 4.930 4.675 5.5%

  Year-to-date 2014 Year-to-date 2013 Change
Load factor 81.4% 81.9% (0.5 pts)
ASMs (billions) 12.707 11.920 6.6%
RPMs (billions) 10.347 9.763 6.0%

In June WestJet Encore celebrated its first birthday and began operations in eastern Canada with flights between Thunder Bay, and Toronto, Ontario. Since WestJet Encore took to the skies on June 24, 2013, it has added 12 destinations to the original six, which included Calgary, Alberta, Fort St. John, Nanaimo, Vancouver, and Victoria, British Columbia and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The WestJet Encore fleet of Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft has grown from two to 13 at the end of June. 

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

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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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