WestJet

WestJet

January 06, 2005 08:30 ET

WestJet Revenue Passenger Miles Increase 34.5%


NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCNMatthews

FOR: WESTJET

TSX SYMBOL: WJA

JANUARY 6, 2005 - 08:30 ET

WestJet Revenue Passenger Miles Increase 34.5%

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 6, 2005) - WestJet (TSX:WJA)
announced its traffic statistics for December 2004 today featuring a
34.5% increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) to 641.0 million from
476.8 million in December 2003. In full-year 2004, RPMs increased 29.4%
to 6,277.3 million from 4,852.5 million in 2003.

In December 2004, the airline's available seat miles (ASMs) grew 32.4%
to 857.8 million from 648.0 million in December 2003. In full-year 2004,
WestJet's ASMs increased 30.4% to 8,963.1 million from 6,871.7 million
in the same 12-month period in 2003.

The company's load factor in December 2004 was 74.7% compared to 73.6%
in December 2003. During the 12 months of 2004, WestJet's load factor
was 70.0% compared with 70.6% during the same period in 2003.

WestJet serves the 24 Canadian cities of Victoria, Comox, Vancouver,
Abbotsford/Fraser Valley, Prince George, Kelowna, Grande Prairie,
Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder
Bay, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton,
Halifax, Gander and St. John's, and the eight American cities of Los
Angeles, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale,
Tampa and Palm Springs (beginning January 7, 2005). The airline operates
a growing fleet of 54 aircraft featuring 36 Next-Generation Boeing
737-700 aircraft. WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock
Exchange under the symbol WJA.

-30-

Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    WestJet
    Siobhan Vinish (Pronounced Sha-von)
    Director, Public Relations and Communications
    (403) 444-2615
    (403) 444-2261 (FAX)
    Website: www.westjet.com