WestJet filled 83.2% of its seat in March, a 1.9 point improvement from March 2015. Traffic was up 7.4% on a capacity increase of 5.0%.
The airline flew a record 5.3 million pax in Q1, a year-over-year increase of 8.4% or approximately 411,000 additional pax.
"We continue to be pleased with our strong traffic growth as a record number of guests chose to fly with us in the 1st quarter. Our airline partnership strategy continues to contribute to our traffic and in March we added Emirates as our 15th code-share partner," said WestJet President & CEO Gregg Saretsky.
In other March highlights, WS announced new seasonal non-stop service to YHZ from YVR and YWG beginning 29JUN. These routes make WS the only airline in Canada offering non-stop flights to Halifax from YVR and YWG.
Also in March, WS Encore launched its 1st transborder route with inaugural service between YYZ and BOS.