WestJet reports overall capacity growth of 9.9% in 3Q2018, domestic growth ‘slightly below’ guidance

    WestJet reported (29/30-Oct-2018) overall capacity increased 9.9% in 3Q2018 and 6.4% year to date as of 30-Sep-2018, due primarily to Boeing 737 MAX and Bombardier Q400 aircraft deliveries. Domestic capacity increases were driven by additional transcontinental Canada routes, serviced by Swoop on 737-800 aircraft. Its domestic operations were further improved by the launch of regional service in Western Canada under its first capacity purchase agreement, as well as schedule enhancements at each of its three primary domestic hub airports. Domestic capacity growth of 7.9% for 3Q2018 was “slightly below” previous guidance, primarily due to flight cancellations on routes within eastern Canada caused by inclement weather and maintenance events. Transborder and international capacity growth was driven by increased frequency between hub airports and key US business markets, the launch of new business and leisure routes to Mexico and expanded service to European destinations. [more – original PR] [more – original PR – II]