WestJets boost in capacity outpaced passenger growth in September

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CALGARY — WestJet says it had a greater proportion of empty seats on its flights last month as increases in the airline’s capacity outpaced its growth in passengers.The airline says its load factor in September was 76.6%, down from 79.1% a year ago.The decrease came as Calgary-based WestJet increased its capacity as measured by available seat miles by 9.2% and passenger traffic as measured by revenue passenger miles increased by 5.7%.WestJet announced last month that it had signed a definitive purchase agreement for 65 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.Deliveries are scheduled from 2017 through 2027, WestJet said Thursday. Financial details were not available.

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