April 05, 2006 08:30 ET

WestJet's Load Factor Sets a Record High for March

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - April 5, 2006) -

Load Factor of 81.9% up 3.6 Percentage Points from Previous High

WestJet (TSX:WJA) announced its traffic statistics for March 2006 today, featuring an all time high March load factor of 81.9%, up 4.1 percentage points from 77.8% in March 2005. During the first three months of 2006, the company's load factor increased 5.8 percentage points to 79.4% compared with 73.6% during the same period in 2005.

WestJet's revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for March 2006 increased 15% to 831.3 million, up from 722.7 million in March 2005. Year to date, RPMs increased 19% to 2,300.4 million from 1,934.7 million in the same period in 2005.

Available seat miles (ASMs) grew 9% to 1,014.6 million in March 2006, up from 929.1 million in March 2005. Year to date, ASMs have increased 10% to 2,897.1 million, up from 2,630.2 million in the same three-month period in 2005.

"The past several months have produced favourable load factors, with March 2006 surpassing our previous March high of 78.3% in 2000. Going forward, WestJet will strive to maintain this optimal balance between our high standards of guest care and load factor. WestJet is pleased with the healthy yield environment, particularly in the face of our additional capacity," commented Clive Beddoe, WestJet's President and CEO. "WestJet is confident that our industry-leading customer service will drive further growth into Eastern Canada and into business markets, while enhancing our already strong position in Western Canada."

Marking its tenth anniversary this year, WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service throughout its 33-city North American network. Named Canada's most respected corporation for customer service in 2005, WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

Contact Information

  • WestJet
    Media Relations
    Gillian Bentley
    (403) 444-2615
    Website: www.westjet.com