WestJet reports August load factor of 86.5 percent


CALGARY, Canada – WestJet today announced August 2016 traffic results with a load factor of 86.5 percent an increase of 1.9 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 11.3 percent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 8.8 percent over the same period. The airline flew an all-time monthly record of 2.1 million guests in August, a year-over-year increase of 5.3 percent or approximately 105,000 additional guests.

“We are pleased with our fourth consecutive month of double-digit traffic growth as we welcomed on board the highest ever monthly number of guests in our twenty year history,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “My sincere thanks go out to our almost 12,000 WestJetters for their continuing commitment and passion through this very busy summer period.”

August 2016 traffic results

August 2016 August 2015 Change

Load factor 86.5% 84.6% 1.9 pts
ASMs (billions) 2.646 2.432 8.8%
RPMs (billions) 2.289 2.057 11.3%
Year-to-date 2016 Year-to-date 2015 Change
Load factor 82.6% 80.9% 1.7 pts
ASMs (billions) 19.682 18.279 7.7%
RPMs (billions) 16.265 14.788 10.0%

In August, WestJet announced new service to Belize commencing October 29th and that it will offer members of any airline or travel rewards program the opportunity to obtain gold status in its WestJet Rewards program. Gold flight benefits for eligible WestJet Rewards members include two free checked bags, 10 airport lounge vouchers, four advance seat selection vouchers, no fee to change to an earlier or later flight on the same day of travel, advance boarding and priority security screening at select airports.