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October 03, 2007 09:20 ET

WestJet Adds St. Lucia to Growing List of Sun Destinations

Airline also connects Hamilton to hotspots like Nassau, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa.

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2007) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced the introduction of new seasonal non-stop service from Toronto to St. Lucia (UVF). Service to this new sun destination begins December 16, 2007. WestJet's enhanced winter schedule also includes new non-stop flights from Hamilton to Nassau, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa.

"St. Lucia represents the fifth international country for scheduled service," said Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network and Revenue Management. "These announcements are part of WestJet's measured expansion plans to fly to over 60 destinations by 2013. Our fleet of 68 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft is perfectly suited for these destinations, providing live seatback TV and pay-per-view movies at every seat. We are confident that the exceptional guest experience provided by our more than 6,500 WestJetters will make these destinations a success.

"We are also pleased to announce exciting news for Hamilton, Ontario. Hamiltonians have embraced WestJet since our arrival in 2000 and these new routes demonstrate our commitment to southwestern Ontario. Connecting Hamilton to these sun destinations is another way for WestJet to meet the needs of our guests. Our record load factors announced today shows, yet again, that WestJet's schedule fits with the travel demands of Canadians."

"Over the past three years, WestJet has grown to 19 sun destinations offering guests across Canada the opportunity to travel south in the winter. WestJet also recently announced the addition of six other new hot spots: Montego Bay (Jamaica), Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Mazatlan (Mexico), Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) and Kona (Hawaii)."

"This is exciting news for WestJet Vacations," said John Hamilton, Vice-President, WestJet Vacations. "This expansion enriches the already strong package offerings to our sun destinations. I am confident that our value-added vacation packages will offer something for everyone."

"We are pleased that WestJet has chosen St. Lucia as its first destination in the Southern Caribbean. A partnership with WestJet is an important component of St. Lucia's continuing commitment to increasing tourism from the Canadian market," says Senator Allen Chastanet, St. Lucia's Minister of tourism and civil aviation. "We hope Canadian travellers will take advantage of this new service to visit friends and family, conduct business or simply vacation on our beautiful island."



Starting December 16, 2007 WestJet will provide seasonal non-stop
service to St. Lucia.

Toronto - St. Lucia (Sunday)
Starts December 16, 2007
Introductory fares starting at $269 (taxes and surcharges extra)
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Flight Departure Arrival
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From Toronto - WS1116 9:30 a.m. 3:36 p.m.
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From St. Lucia - WS1117 4:30 p.m. 9:15 p.m.
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Starting as early as February 15, 2008, WestJet will provide seasonal
non-stop service from Hamilton to the following sun destinations:

Hamilton - Nassau, Bahamas (Friday)
Starts February 15, 2008
Introductory fares starting at $239 (taxes and surcharges extra)
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Flight Departure Arrival
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From Hamilton - WS994 3:30 p.m. 6:35 p.m.
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From Nassau - WS995 11:15 a.m. 2:34 p.m.
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Hamilton - Fort Lauderdale (Tuesday and Saturday)
Starts February 16, 2008
Introductory fares starting at $197 (taxes and surcharges extra)
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Flight Departure Arrival
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From Hamilton - WS986 2:45 p.m. 5:57 p.m.
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From Fort Lauderdale - WS987 11 a.m. 1:55 p.m.
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Hamilton - Orlando (Wednesday and Sunday)
Starts February 17, 2008
Introductory fares starting at $197 (taxes and surcharges extra)
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Flight Departure Arrival
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From Hamilton - WS992 2:40 p.m. 5:17 p.m.
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From Orlando - WS993 11:15 a.m. 1:46 p.m.
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WestJet also previously announced seasonal non-stop service from
Hamilton to Orlando on Saturdays starting November 10, 2007.

Hamilton - Tampa (Monday and Thursday)
Starts February 18, 2008
Introductory fares starting at $197 (taxes and surcharges extra)
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Flight Departure Arrival
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From Hamilton - WS944 2:50 p.m. 5:43 p.m.
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From Tampa - WS945 11:15 a.m. 1:50 p.m.
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More detailed information about WestJet's enhanced winter schedule and low introductory fares is available at westjet.com. Seats are available for sale immediately and can be booked online at westjet.com, by calling 1-888-WESTJET or through travel agents.

WestJet has applied for, and received, authority to provide scheduled air travel to St. Lucia. This is subject to receipt of government license for operation.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service throughout its 38-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2005 and 2006, WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 68 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

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