Recordhigh 65 million passengers flew with WestJet in Q3

first_img Share Tags: WestJet Thursday, October 12, 2017 Posted by CALGARY — WestJet is flying high with the news that it flew 6.5 million guests in the third quarter of 2017, an all-time record high for the airline and a year-over-year increase of 10.7%.September 2017 traffic results also revealed a load factor of 80.4%, an increase of 0.5 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 5.9% year over year, and capacity (measured in available seat miles, or ASMs), grew 5.3% over the same period.“We are very pleased with our strong traffic growth, as we reported record load factors each month this quarter, which translated into achieving both our highest ever quarterly load factor of 85.7%, and flying an all-time quarterly record number of guests in our 21-year history,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “I want to sincerely thank our over 13,000 WestJetters for continuing to deliver our award-winning brand of friendly caring service as we transition through our shoulder period into the busy winter season.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThese record numbers come on the heels of WestJet breaking ground on its new $50 million hangar project at YYC Calgary International Airport in September. The hangar, once complete, will occupy 125,000 square feet, accommodate its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and stand eight stories tall.Also in September, WestJet announced the name and logo for its ultra-low-cost airline in Canada. Named Swoop, the ULCC will begin selling flights in early 2018.center_img Record-high 6.5 million passengers flew with WestJet in Q3 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

Transat buys up land in Mexico one step closer to launching its

first_img MONTREAL — Transat A.T. Inc. has made its first step towards the goal of opening its own hotels with the announcement that it has purchased land in Riviera Maya, Mexico.The stretch of land, located in Puerto Morelos on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, is ideally situated midway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, some 20 kilometres from Cancun International Airport.In addition, the company has entered into a promissory agreement to purchase a second adjacent property for a total consideration of between US$54 and $57 million to build a new beachfront resort.The agreement is subject to certain usual conditions and is anticipated to close on or around Nov. 1, 2018.“We are very pleased with these transactions in a prominent Mexican tourism market,” said Transat President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc Eustache. “This is just the beginning: we are continuing our exploratory work with the objective of finding attractive land or hotels that we can acquire or manage. Our company’s future growth will be built on hotel development and, obviously, the strength of our leisure travel business.”More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckFirst announced in July 2017 following the sale of its minority 35% interest in Ocean Hotels, Transat’s new hotel division will include some 5,000 owned or managed hotel rooms at its main Sun destinations by 2024. Posted by Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tags: Hotels & Resorts, Riviera Maya, Transat Transat buys up land in Mexico, one step closer to launching its first resort Travelweek Group last_img read more