WestJet flew “record number of guests” in February according to traffic results

WestJet flew “record number of guests” in February according to traffic results

CALGARY – Following news that it will be cutting back flights from Calgary and Edmonton due to the economic downturn in Alberta, WestJet has released traffic results for February, which indicate that business is on the up and up.

February 2016 traffic results show a load factor of 83.2%, with revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increasing by 7.7% year over year. Capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs) grew 9.2% over the same period.

The Calgary-based airline flew a record 1.7 million guests in February, a year-over-year increase of 7.7% or approximately 122,000 additional guests.

“We are pleased with our continued strong traffic growth in February and our booked load factor for March is up year over year,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “We flew a record number of guests for the month of February…I want to thank our more than 11,000 WestJetters for continuing to deliver the remarkable guest experience WestJet has become known for over the last two decades.”

Last month, WestJet announced non-stop seasonal routes between Brandon, Manitoba and Toronto, and between Vancouver and both Hamilton and London, Ontario. These limited-addition flights will be offered only during the peak summer season.

The airline also launched its 20th Birthday Sale last month, featuring savings on flights and vacation packages to select destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. The sale runs until March 7.

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