Friday, 12 January 2018

WestJet reports record December load factor of 83.6 per cent




WestJet announced this week its December 2017 traffic results - the carrier scored a load factor of 83.6 percent, an increase of 2.8 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 9.8 percent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 6.0 percent over the same period. The airline flew a record 2.1 million guests in December, a year-over-year increase of 10.0 percent or approximately 190,000 additional guests.

"We are very pleased with our significant growth in traffic, as we reported a record December load factor and flew a record number of guests in December," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "I want to thank our more than 13,000 WestJetters for their efforts in providing our guests with a safe, caring and friendly travel experience through the extremely busy holiday season."

December 2017 traffic results

December 2017
December 2016
Change
Load factor
83.6%
80.8%
2.8 pts
ASMs (billions)
2.754
2.598
6.0%
RPMs (billions)
2.303
2.098
9.8%

Fourth quarter 2017
Fourth quarter 2016
Change
Load factor
82.6%
80.2%
2.4 pts
ASMs (billions)
7.659
7.253
5.6%
RPMs (billions)
6.329
5.816
8.8%

Full Year 2017
Full year 2016
Change
Load factor
83.6%
81.8%
1.8 pts
ASMs (billions)
30.998
29.298
5.8%
RPMs (billions)
25.904
23.968
8.1%

In December, WestJet and Delta Air Lines announced an agreement to form a commercial joint venture which will offer customers access to an extensive transborder route network, world-class airline products, enhanced frequent flyer benefits, shared airport facilities and amenities, and a more seamless travel experience. The joint venture arrangement is subject to execution of definitive arrangements, board approvals and applicable regulatory approvals in Canada and the United States.





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