WestJet Airlines January passenger traffic increases

WestJet Airlines Ltd has reported that its passenger traffic increased 7.7% to 1.65 billion revenue passenger miles in January 2013, compared to 1.53 billion revenue passenger miles for the same period of 2012.

The airline's capacity measured in available seat miles, increased 6.4% to 2.04 billion in January 2013, compared to 1.92 billion for the same period of 2012.

Load factor increased 1 percentage point to 80.9% in January 2013, compared to 79.9% for the same period of 2012.

"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."