WestJet reports record January load factor of 80.9 per cent
CALGARY, Feb. 5, 2013
Airline flies 1.5 million guests in the month, an additional 87,500 guests
CALGARY, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - WestJet today announced January 2013
traffic results with a record load factor of 80.9 per cent. Revenue passenger
miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 7.7 per cent year over year, and capacity,
measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 6.4 per cent over the same
period. The airline flew 1.5 million guests in January, a year-over-year
increase of 6.4 per cent or approximately 87,500 additional guests.
"Positive momentum continues into 2013 as January marks our seventh
consecutive monthly load factor record," stated WestJet President and CEO
Gregg Saretsky. "Our forward bookings remain strong and I want to thank the
entire WestJet team for their energy and efforts in continuing to deliver a
remarkable guest experience."
January 2013 traffic results
January 2013 January 2012 Change
Load factor 80.9% 79.9% 1.0 pts.
ASMs (billions) 2.041 1.918 6.4%
RPMs (billions) 1.650 1.532 7.7%
WestJet continues the winter season with its expanded flight and vacation
offerings into the sun destination market. The 2012-2013 winter schedule added
non-stop service to Antigua and Barbuda, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago and
Costa Rica, from Toronto, as well as non-stop service to Manzanillo, Mexico
from Calgary. "We strive to offer our guests the best selection of popular
vacation destinations, while delivering great value and excellent service,"
said Bob Cummings, Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest
WestJet will report its 2012 fourth quarter and year-end results on Wednesday,
February 6, 2013. Following the release of these results, WestJet will hold
its quarterly analysts' conference call at 9 a.m. MST (11 a.m. EST). WestJet
President and CEO Gregg Saretsky and Executive Vice-President of Finance and
CFO Vito Culmone will discuss the airline's 2012 fourth quarter and year-end
results and answer questions from financial analysts and the media. The
conference call will be available in Toronto by calling 416-915-3239, in
Vancouver by calling 604-638-5340 and across Canada and the United States
through the toll-free telephone number 1-800-319-4610. The call can also be
heard live through an Internet webcast accessible via the Media and Investor
Relations section of www.westjet.com.
Caution regarding forward-looking statements
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regarding the demand environment contains forward-looking statements. By their
nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and
uncertainties, some of which are beyond WestJet's control. These
forward-looking statements are based on WestJet's existing strategy and
currently available implementation plans, agreements and bookings, but may
vary due to factors including, but not limited to, changes in guest demand,
regulatory and competitive environment and general economic conditions. These
and additional risk factors are discussed in WestJet's most recent Annual
Information Form and in other documents WestJet files from time to time with
securities regulatory authorities, which are available under WestJet's profile
on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Readers are cautioned that undue reliance should not be placed on
forward-looking statements as actual results may vary materially from the
forward-looking statements. WestJet does not undertake to update any
forward-looking statements, except as is required by law.
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service to 81
destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Powered by
an award-winning culture of care, WestJet has pioneered low-cost flying in
Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now has more than
9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of 101 Boeing
Next-Generation 737 aircraft with future confirmed deliveries for an
additional 34 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft through 2018 and plans to
launch a low-cost regional airline in 2013, WestJet strives to be one of the
five most successful international airlines in the world.
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