November 27, 2006 20:46 ET

WestJet Comments on Government's New International Air Policy

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 27, 2006) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) commented today on Blue Sky: Canada's New International Air Policy report that was issued by Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon.

Sean Durfy, WestJet President stated, "The federal government's pledge to establish further bilateral air agreements with other countries is encouraging and will provide consumers with more choice and provide air carriers with more market opportunities."

Mr. Durfy elaborated that the government has, in the report, indicated that Canadian carriers be able to compete with a 'reasonably level playing field'. WestJet believes that the definition of what constitutes 'reasonable' must be defined and that two fundamental issues be dealt with, specifically that Canadian carriers get fair access to foreign airport terminal facilities in future bilateral agreements and the issue of uncompetitive taxes and fees be addressed.

Last week, the Montreal Economic Institute released its report on the excess fees, rents and taxes imposed on Canadian carriers, which are among the highest in the world.

"WestJet has demonstrated its ability to compete against some of the largest airlines in the world and to do so profitably", added Mr. Durfy. "We welcome the chance to compete aggressively in the international arena but only if we can do so equitably. I am pleased that Minister Cannon has recognized in his speech this morning the legitimacy of the industry's concerns regarding over-taxation."

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