WestJet filled 83.6% of its seat in the full year 2017, up 1.8 points from 81.8% in 2016. Capacity for the full year rose by 5.8% while traffic grew by 8.1%.
The trend continued in December, which saw a load factor of 83.6%, up 2.8 points from 80.8% in December, 2016.
Traffic was up 9.8% in December, and WS flew a record 2.1 million pax during the month, a year-over-year increase of 10.0% or approximately 190,000 more than the year before.
"We are very pleased with our significant growth in traffic, as we reported a record December load factor and flew a record number of guests in December," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky.
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