Monday, 8 April 2019

WestJet sees rise in passenger numbers in March

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Today the Canadian airline WestJet released its March 2019 traffic results with a record load factor of 87.0%, an increase of 1.4 percentage points year over year. 

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 7.3 % year over year, while capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 5.5 % on the same period. WestJet welcomed an additional 104,000 guests in March, a year-over-year increase of 4.8%.

"We have adjusted our schedule to minimize guest disruption in response to the grounding of our 13 MAX aircraft and continue to work closely with all parties to enable a safe return to the skies," said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. "I want to thank all of our guests for their continued loyalty and all WestJetters for their ongoing commitment to providing award-winning service through this challenging period."


2019 traffic results

March 2019
March 2018
Change
Load factor
87.0%
85.6%
+1.4 pts
ASMs (billions)
2.971
2.815
5.5%
RPMs (billions)
2.585
2.409
7.3%

First Quarter 2019
First Quarter 2018
Change
Load factor
84.8%
84.8%
0.0 pts
ASMs (billions)
8.456
8.029
5.3%
RPMs (billions)
7.168
6.810
5.3%

Year to date 2019
Year to date 2018
Change
Load factor
84.8%
84.8%
0.0 pts
ASMs (billions)
8.456
8.029
5.3%
RPMs (billions)
7.168
6.810
5.3%

Note: All statistics are at a consolidated WestJet group level

Together with WestJet's regional airline, WestJet Encore, we offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe and to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through our airline partnerships. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas.  Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods, and have access to Member Exclusive fares offering deals to WestJet destinations throughout our network and those of our partner airlines.




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