2014

WestJet reports April load factor of 82.3 per cent

Airline flies a record 1.6 million guests in the month, up 8 per cent

CALGARY, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - WestJet today announced April 2014 traffic results with a load factor of 82.3 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 6.5 per cent year-over-year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 7.1 per cent over the same period. The airline flew 1.6 million guests in April, a year-over-year increase of 7.7 per cent or approximately 116,000 additional guests.

"We are pleased with our continued strong growth in traffic as we welcomed a record number of guests in April into our network," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "I want to thank all WestJetters for their hard work and dedication to delivering the remarkable guest experience that earned us the highest equity scores among airline and vacation package supplier brands in the 2013 Harris Poll Canada EquiTrend Study once again."

April 2014 traffic results

  April 2014 April 2013 Change
Load factor 82.3% 82.7% (0.4 pts)
ASMs (billions) 2.155 2.013 7.1%
RPMs (billions) 1.774 1.666 6.5%

  Year-to-date 2014 Year-to-date 2013 Change
Load factor 82.9% 83.9% (1.0 pts)
ASMs (billions) 8.670 8.046 7.8%
RPMs (billions) 7.191 6.754 6.5%

WestJet will hold its quarterly analysts' conference call on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 6 a.m. MDT (8 a.m. EDT) following the release of its 2014 first quarter financial results. President and CEO Gregg Saretsky and Executive Vice-President of Finance and CFO Vito Culmone will discuss WestJet's 2014 first quarter results and answer questions from financial analysts and members of the media. The conference call will be available in Toronto by calling 416-915-3239, in Vancouver by calling 604-638-5340 and across Canada and the United States through the toll-free telephone number 1-800-319-4610. The call can also be heard live through an Internet webcast accessible via the Media and Investor Relations section of www.westjet.com.

WestJet will hold its AGM at 8 a.m. MDT (10 a.m. EDT) on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the TMX Broadcast Centre, which is located at 130 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario. The AGM will be available through an Internet webcast in the Media and Investor Relations section of www.westjet.com.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's most-preferred airline, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers.  We offer scheduled service to more than 85 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 120 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 westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes:

2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2013 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)
2013 Gold Stevie Award Best Transportation Company (American Business Awards)
2013 Chairman's Circle Award: WestJet Vacations (CPSC)
2013 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Leger Marketing)
2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2013 WestJet RBC MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (Money Sense magazine) 

SOURCE WestJet



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