Load factor falls, RPMs up and capacity up at Westjet

posted on 10th September 2018 by Justin Burns
Load factor falls, RPMs up and capacity up at Westjet

Canadian carrier WestJet has revealed its August 2018 traffic results and reported its load factor for the month was 89 per cent – a decrease of 1.6 percentage points year-over-year (YOY).

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.1 per cent YOY to 2.73 billion, while capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 10 per cent over the same period to 3.07 billion.

WestJet welcomed an additional 128,000 guests in August, a YOY increase of 5.4 per cent and year-to-date it continues to see traffic growth outpace capacity additions.

WestJet President and chief executive officer, Ed Sims said: “In August, we flew two of our busiest-ever traffic days with more than 80,000 guests choosing one of our four airline brands. In only its second full month of operation, Canadians continue to embrace Swoop with load factors consistently above ninety-five per cent.

“I want to thank every individual WestJetter for continuing to provide our guests with an award-winning service experience.”

The airline has announced new twice-weekly, non-stop service between Calgary International Airport and Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica and new weekly, non-stop service between Skyxe Saskatoon Airport and Orlando International Airport. The services start 3 November, 2018 and 7 December, 2018, respectively.