March 27, 2007 16:23 ET

WestJet Comments on Harmony Announcement

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - March 27, 2007) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) commented today on Harmony Airways' announcement to suspend scheduled operations effective the end of business March 30 for Toronto and April 9 for all other scheduled flights.

WestJet's Executive Vice-President, Guest Experience and Marketing, Bob Cummings commented today, "This is an unfortunate situation for Harmony and more so for the employees impacted by this announcement. Our thoughts are with them."

WestJet will accommodate guests by extending its existing seat sales to Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii as well as Las Vegas, Nevada. Fares are subject to availability and WestJet will assess whether to extend these fares on a day-to-day basis. WestJet had already announced increasing its service from Vancouver to Las Vegas to daily effective Saturday, April 28.

Harmony customers can book WestJet flights online at westjet.com, through WestJet's Sales Super Centre at 1-800-538-5696 (toll-free) or through their travel agent.

WestJet has been in operation for over 11 years with scheduled service to Hawaii since December 2005. Maintaining its low-cost model, WestJet will remain true to its existing fare schedule and has no plans to alter its pricing strategy as a result of Harmony's departure.

"While such announcements from the airline industry are sobering, we believe the makeup of the Canadian airline industry is extremely viable for two strong national competitors. As North America's most profitable airline over the last two quarters, guests can rest assured that WestJet is financially healthy and confident in its ability to deliver current and projected service across our entire network," said Cummings.

WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service throughout its 35-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2006, 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 provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

Contact Information

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