June 15, 2005 09:20 ET

WestJet Announces Withdrawal of Windsor Service

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - June 15, 2005) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced it will withdraw service from Windsor, Ontario effective October 30, 2005. The airline first started flying into this destination on April 1, 2003. WestJet will be redeploying its capacity from Windsor to London and offering increased non-stop service between London and Calgary.

WestJet's Executive Vice-President of Marketing and Sales, Sean Durfy, commented: "We are disappointed that demand for our Windsor routes was not strong enough to sustain service and necessitated our withdrawal from this market. We have been flying to Windsor for over two years and have appreciated the support of many in the community. Unfortunately, we were unable to stimulate the market to the degree necessary to achieve acceptable levels of profitability.

"We will be redeploying capacity from Windsor to London. This change will allow us to increase our non-stop flights between London and Calgary. We would like to thank the residents of Windsor and surrounding communities for their past support. We look forward to continue serving your community until October 30."

All guests booked on WestJet flights from Windsor after October 30 will be contacted by WestJet's customer service team to resolve their existing reservation. The 10 WestJet staff members that are affected have been offered options which include relocation opportunities within the airline.

WestJet is Canada's leading low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 34-city North American network. Named Canada's most respected corporation for customer service in 2005, WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television on its 737-700 fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers. Visit www.westjet.com for more information.

Contact Information

  • WestJet
    Media Relations:
    Gillian Bentley
    (403) 444-2615
    Website: www.westjet.com