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WestJet reports April load factor of 80.6 per cent


Airline increases traffic by 5.5%, flies a record 1.7 million guests for the month of April

CALGARY, May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - WestJet today announced April 2016 traffic results with a load factor of 80.6 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 5.5 per cent year-over-year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 5.0 per cent over the same period. The airline flew 1.7 million guests in April, a year-over-year increase of 5.1 per cent or approximately 84,000 additional guests.

"We are pleased with our continued strong traffic growth as a record number of guests chose to fly with us in April," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "My thanks go out to our more than 11,000 WestJetters for continuing to provide our guests with a remarkable experience as we look forward to launching our inaugural service to London Gatwick later this week."

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About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit 

Recent recognition includes:
2015/2011/2010/2008/2007/2006/2005 Canada's Most Admired Corporate Culture (Waterstone Human Capital)
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)
2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (MoneySense magazine)
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2014 Interbrand Canada's Best Canadian Brands (Rank #20)
2014 Brands of the Year (Strategy magazine)
2014 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Ipsos)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2014/2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2014/2013/2012/2011 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)

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