CALGARY, June 8, 2017 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced May 2017 traffic results with a load factor of 80.6 per cent, second highest for May in WestJet's 21-year history. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 4.8 per cent year-over-year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 5.9 per cent over the same period. The airline flew a record 2.0 million guests in May, a year-over-year increase of 8.2 per cent or approximately 147,000 additional guests.

"We continue to be pleased with our strong traffic growth as a record number of guests chose to fly with us in May," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "I want to thank our more than 12,000 WestJetters who continue to deliver our award winning brand of friendly caring service each and every day."

In May, WestJet announced it had again been named Canada's most trusted airline by the Gustavson Brand Trust Index instituted by the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. The airline was also named one of Canada's top ten most trusted brands. The results are based on more than 6,500 Canadian consumer responses to a survey on 294 Canadian brands.