June 09, 2008 22:36 ET

WestJet Comments on Canadian Gov't Designation for Mexico

Airline receives OK to fly to popular resort destinations

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today commented on the federal government's granting of designation for WestJet to provide increased scheduled service to Mexico.

Sean Durfy, WestJet President and Chief Executive Officer, said these designations are a continuing expression of the government's confidence in WestJet to provide Canadians with high-value, low-cost travel.

"This announcement today is another step forward in our strategic plan, which includes significant international expansion," he said. "Our ability to deliver our exceptional guest experience to Mazatlan and San Jose del Cabo has now resulted in further designations from the Transport Minister. We appreciate the minister's confidence and look forward to providing service to these new and exciting destinations in Mexico."

Included in this announcement are designations that apply immediately and some that apply in December 2009. As WestJet's fleet continues to expand, the airline remains well positioned to serve these destinations on a scheduled basis.

Specific information regarding dates and fares will be available in the coming weeks.

WestJet received the following designations effective immediately:
Calgary-Puerto Vallarta
Edmonton-Puerto Vallarta
Winnipeg-Puerto Vallarta

WestJet received the following designations effective December 2009:
Vancouver-Puerto Vallarta
Toronto-Puerto Vallarta

Durfy said today's news is exciting for both WestJet and its guests. "Our network connectivity into major Canadian cities, our comfortable, Next-Generation 737s, the incredible packages that WestJet Vacations offers and, of course, our fun and friendly service... they are all reasons why more and more Canadians are choosing WestJet each and every day."

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's leading high-value low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 47-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2005, 2006 and 2007, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 75 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu. With future deliveries for an additional 46 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

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