Last updated on April 24, 2014 at 17:35 EDT

WestJet reports record January load factor of 80.9 per cent

February 5, 2013

Airline flies 1.5 million guests in the month, an additional 87,500

CALGARY, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – WestJet today announced January 2013
traffic results with a record load factor of 80.9 per cent. Revenue
passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 7.7 per cent year over
year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 6.4
per cent over the same period. The airline flew 1.5 million guests in
January, a year-over-year increase of 6.4 per cent or approximately
87,500 additional guests.

“Positive momentum continues into 2013 as January marks our seventh
consecutive monthly load factor record,” stated WestJet President and
CEO Gregg Saretsky. “Our forward bookings remain strong and I want to
thank the entire WestJet team for their energy and efforts in
continuing to deliver a remarkable guest experience.”

                     January 2013 traffic results

    |               |January 2013|January 2012|  Change|
    |Load factor    |       80.9%|       79.9%|1.0 pts.|
    |ASMs (billions)|       2.041|       1.918|    6.4%|
    |RPMs (billions)|       1.650|       1.532|    7.7%|

WestJet continues the winter season with its expanded flight and
vacation offerings into the sun destination market. The 2012-2013
winter schedule added non-stop service to Antigua and Barbuda, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica, from Toronto, as well as non-stop service to Manzanillo, Mexico from Calgary. “We strive to offer our guests the best selection of
popular vacation destinations, while delivering great value and
excellent service,” said Bob Cummings, Executive Vice-President, Sales,
Marketing and Guest Experience.

WestJet will report its 2012 fourth quarter and year-end results on
Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Following the release of these results,
WestJet will hold its quarterly analysts’ conference call at 9 a.m. MST
(11 a.m. EST). WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky and Executive
Vice-President of Finance and CFO Vito Culmone will discuss the
airline’s 2012 fourth quarter and year-end results and answer questions
from financial analysts and 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.

Caution regarding forward-looking statements
Certain information set forth in this news release, including
information regarding the demand environment 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 strategy and currently available implementation 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.

Readers are cautioned that undue reliance should not be placed on
forward-looking statements as actual results may vary materially from
the forward-looking statements. WestJet does not undertake to update
any forward-looking statements, except as is required by law.

About WestJet
WestJet is Canada’s most preferred airline, offering scheduled service
to 81 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet has pioneered
low-cost flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer,
WestJet now has more than 9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a
fleet of 101 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft with future confirmed
deliveries for an additional 34 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft
through 2018 and plans to launch a low-cost regional airline in 2013,
WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international
airlines in the world.

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Source: PR Newswire