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CALGARY — WestJet is flying high following news that it’s reached an all-time monthly record of 2.3 million guests in August.
This translates to a load factor of 90.6%, the airline’s highest in its 21-year history and an increase of 4.1 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 10.6% year of year, and capacity – measured in available seat miles (ASMs) – grew 5.6% over the same period.
In August, WestJet flew 2.3 million guests, a year-over-year increase of 13.8%, or approximately 288,000 additional guests.
“We are extremely pleased with our double-digit traffic growth, as we reported our highest ever load factor of 90.6 per cent, flew the most monthly number of guests in our twenty-one year history and set a new single day record on August 8th by flying 81,423 guests,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “My sincere thanks go out to our over 13,000 WestJetters for continuing to deliver our award-winning brand of friendly caring service over this record breaking summer season.”
The news comes on the heels of WestJet’s announcement to enhance its codeshare partnership with Air France-KLM by launching the earn phase of the airlines’ reciprocal frequent flyer agreement. Passengers can now accumulate their choice of Flying Blue Miles or WestJet dollars on all WestJet, Air France, and KLM flights, opening 137 new destinations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Reward travel for our guests. Also in August, WestJet announced it will begin serving Denver International Airport daily from Calgary International Airport starting March 8, 2018.