WestJet reports February load factor of 84.6 per cent
Airline achieves its second-highest February load factor
CALGARY, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - WestJet today announced February 2014 traffic results with a load factor of 84.6 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 7.3 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 9.2 per cent over the same period. The airline flew 1.5 million guests in February, a year-over-year increase of 8.0 per cent or approximately 114,000 additional guests.
"We are pleased with the strong traffic growth, achieving our second-highest February load factor in WestJet's history, and welcoming more guests into our network, as we celebrated WestJet's 18th birthday in February," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "I want to thank our nearly 10,000 WestJetters for their exceptional dedication to providing our guests with a remarkable experience every day, even with an unprecedented number of weather-related irregular operations."
February 2014 traffic results
|February 2014||February 2013||Change|
|Load factor||84.6%||86.1%||(1.5 pts)|
|Year-to-date 2014||Year-to-date 2013||Change|
|Load factor||82.7%||83.4%||(0.7 pts)|
WestJet now anticipates its revenue per available seat mile (RASM) for the first quarter of 2014 to be flat to down slightly year over year, due to slightly softer domestic demand and a larger impact than previously anticipated from the Easter and Passover holidays shifting into the second quarter of 2014. The previous outlook released on February 4, 2014, in conjunction with the airline's fourth quarter 2013 financial results, guided to a first quarter RASM of flat to up slightly when compared with the first quarter of 2013.
In February 2014, WestJet announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to provide the airline with a new inflight entertainment system with added connectivity and entertainment options. The addition of WiFi is a strategic step forward to enable guests, especially business travellers, to make their time in the air as productive as possible.
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Certain information set forth in this news release, including information regarding our anticipated RASM for the first quarter of 2014 contains forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond WestJet's control. These forward-looking statements are based on WestJet's existing forecast and currently available network plans, agreements and bookings, but may vary due to factors including, but not limited to, changes in guest demand, regulatory and competitive environment and general economic conditions. These and additional risk factors are discussed in WestJet's most recent Annual Information Form and in other documents WestJet files from time to time with securities regulatory authorities, which are available under WestJet's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
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