Published on : Saturday, February 9, 2019
Today WestJet announced January 2019 traffic results with a load factor of 80.5 per cent, a decrease of 2.1 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 2.7 per cent year over year, while capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 5.4 per cent over the same period. WestJet welcomed an additional 28,000 guests in January, a year over year increase of 1.4 per cent.
January 2019 traffic results
|January 2019||January 2018||Change|
|Load factor||80.5%||82.6%||(2.1 pts)|
In January, WestJet welcomed the arrival of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ushering in a new global era. WestJet’s Dreamliners feature the airline’s first lie-flat business cabin seats accompanied by luxurious blankets and pillows, turndown service and in-seat TVs, offering a premium service with a distinctly Canadian feel. The first Dreamliner will fly guests domestically on Toronto/Calgary routes starting February 20 before the first international service from Calgary to London (Gatwick) on April 28. WestJet also recently announced new non-stop service to Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon from Calgary this spring.
These key markets will help to diversify Alberta’s economy, open new trade links and forge stronger connections between Alberta and major global destinations.
Caution regarding forward-looking information
Certain information set forth in this news release, including, without limitation, information regarding our new non-stop services and launch of Dreamliner service, is forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. By its nature, forward-looking information is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond WestJet’s control. The forward-looking information contained in this news release is based on WestJet’s current forecasts and strategy, the expected demand environment, the utilization of our fleet, the forward-curve for jet fuel price, the expected exchange rate of the Canadian dollar to the U.S. dollar, agreements and bookings, but may vary due to factors including, but not limited to, changes in guest demand, changes in fuel prices, delays in aircraft delivery, general economic conditions, competitive environment, ability to effectively implement and maintain critical systems, receipt of governmental and regulatory approvals, and other factors and risks described in WestJet’s public reports and filings which are available under WestJet’s profile. Readers are cautioned that undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as actual results may vary materially from the forward-looking information. WestJet does not undertake to update, correct or revise any forward-looking information as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law.