June 21, 2005 17:03 ET

WestJet Integrates Temporary Fuel Surcharge into Domestic Base Fares

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - June 21, 2005) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) announced today that it will integrate a temporary fuel surcharge into the base price of its domestic fares in response to the dramatic increase in the cost of fuel. During the first five months of 2005, the price of a barrel of crude had increased approximately 38% over the first five months of 2004.

Effective June 23, 2005, base fares on domestic flights under 300 miles will increase $8 each way, domestic flights between 301 and 1,000 miles will increase $10 each way and domestic flights over 1,000 miles will increase $15 each way.

Sandy Campbell, WestJet's Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, commented: "We have successfully sheltered our guests from the brunt of the dramatic increase in the cost of fuel for many months. With sustained fuel prices at such high levels, however, we have made the difficult decision to recover a portion of our costs by raising fares."

WestJet is not increasing its fares on flights between Canada and the United States.

WestJet will continue to monitor the price of fuel with a view to removing this integrated surcharge once fuel prices decline. Guests can avoid paying the integrated fuel surcharge by booking their WestJet travel prior to June 23, 2005.

WestJet is Canada's leading low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 35-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.

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