Demand Stays Strong As WS Posts Record JUL Load Factor
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
WestJet filled 85.6% of its seats in July, a company record for the month and an increase of 0.4 percentage points year-over-year.
Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 6.8% year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 6.4%.
The airline flew a record 2.2 million guests in July, a year-over-year increase of 9.1% or approximately 185,000 additional guests.
"We are very pleased with our continued strong traffic growth as we achieved a record July load factor, flew a record 2.2 million guests and set an all-time single day high by flying 76,985 guests on July 27th," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky.
Year-to-date, WS has posted an 83.3% load factor, up 1.3 percentage points over 2016.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years.