WestJet load factor falls in September

Wed Oct 5, 2011 8:49am EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - WestJet Airlines (WJA.TO: Quote) filled fewer available seats in September than a year earlier as traffic rose slightly less than capacity, the carrier said on Wednesday.

WestJet reported a load factor of 74.7 percent, down from 75.5 percent in the same month last year. Available seat miles rose 8 percent, and traffic rose 6.9 percent.

Closely held Porter Airlines said its September load factor rose to 68.0 percent from 55.8 percent, as capacity rose 20.4 percent, and traffic rose 46.8 percent.

WestJet and Porter are Canada's second and third largest airlines.

(Reporting by Allison Martell; editing by Janet Guttsman)