WestJet Traffic Is Surging

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Canadian carrier WestJet continues to show strong traffic growth, according to the company’s latest report.

The company showed 2.098 billion revenue passenger miles in December, a 9.1 percent increase over the same month in 2015.

Available seat miles grew 7.1 percent to 2.598 billion in the same period, while load factor rose by 1.6 percentage points to 80.8 percent.

For the full year 2016, the airline flew 22 million guests, an 8.2 percent jump over 2015 or 1.7 million additional guests.

WestJet has been expanding its Caribbean flights, most recently with new service to Belize.

“We are very pleased with the double-digit traffic growth in 2016 as we achieved our second highest full-year load factor of 81.8 per cent and welcomed a record 22 million guests on board,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “I want to thank our over 12,000 WestJetters for continuing to deliver our award winning brand of friendly caring service during this busy holiday season.”