WestJet’s load factor stays on the up-and-up

WestJet’s load factor stays on the up-and-up

CALGARY — WestJet’s June 2018 traffic results include a load factor of 83.6%, an increase of 0.7 percentage points year over year.

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.5% year over year, while capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 7.5% over the same period.

WestJet flew an additional 120,000 guests in June, a year-over-year increase of 6%.

“We continued to increase traffic and connectivity in the second quarter,” Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “In June, we successfully launched our ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop, enhanced regional service with the launch of WestJet Link and celebrated WestJet Encore’s fifth birthday. We are proud to be Canada’s most reliable airline, as WestJet placed 2nd for major North American airlines and WestJet Encore placed 2nd for all North American regional airlines for on-time performance in the month, as reported by Flight Stats.”

WestJet made headlines last week when it announced the departure of two of its executives.

Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Guest Services Bob Cummings is retiring from the company effective July 1, while Executive Vice-President, Operations Cam Kenyon is returning to the U.S. effective Aug. 31.

Also last week WestJet announced the appointment of Charles Duncan, Executive Vice-President, and President, WestJet Encore to Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer as of Aug. 1.

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