WestJet reports record May traffic


CALGARY, Canada – WestJet today announced May 2013 traffic results with a load factor of 78.5%. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.2% year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), was 9.1% higher over the same period. The airline flew 1.5 million guests in May, a year-over-year increase of 7.9% or approximately 110,000 additional guests.

“We are pleased with the strong year-over-year traffic growth as more and more guests are choosing to fly with us,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “I want to thank WestJetters for continuing to provide our guests with the caring service that makes us Canada’s most-preferred airline and most attractive employer.”

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May 2013 traffic results

May 2013 May 2012 Change
Load factor 78.5% 79.2% (0.7 pts)
ASMs (billions) 1.926 1.765 9.1%
RPMs (billions) 1.512 1.398 8.2%

Year-to-date 2013 Year-to-date 2012 Change
Load factor 82.9% 82.9% –
ASMs (billions) 9.972 9.329 6.9%
RPMs (billions) 8.266 7.734 6.9%

On May 13th, WestJet announced the third new community that will be serviced by WestJet Encore. On September 3, 2013, WestJet will begin daily service from Calgary to Brandon, Manitoba. “The excitement is building as we draw closer to WestJet Encore’s inaugural flights beginning on June 24, 2013 with service to its first two new communities, Nanaimo and Fort St. John, BC,” said Ferio Pugliese, Executive Vice President and President, WestJet Encore.

In May, WestJet was honoured to receive several awards highlighting its caring culture and the great guest experience it delivers. A Leger Marketing study once again rated WestJet Canada’s most-preferred airline as well as the most trusted airline, and the airline that offers the best customer service. The airline ranked second in overall reputation in the Reputation Institute/Canadian Business 2013 Most Reputable Companies in Canada survey, and Randstad Canada named WestJet Canada’s most attractive employer for the second year in a row.