June 08, 2007 12:14 ET

WestJet Receives National Award

Canadian Forces Liaison Council Recognizes WestJet as the Most Supportive Employer in Ontario

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 8, 2007) - WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA) (WestJet) is proud to announce its recent selection by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) as recipient of the National Award for Most Supportive Employer in Ontario. The National Employer Support Awards recognize employers who demonstrate outstanding support of their employee reservists' military service.

Captain Edie Tomaso of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Headquarters nominated WestJet for this year's award. For the past year, Captain Tomaso has balanced her career as a WestJet Customer Service Agent in Ottawa and reservist. Reservist support is critical to the military since between 15 and 30 per cent of all Canadian Forces members on overseas operational missions are reservists.

"I am proud to work for an organization that supports the men and women who give so much to our country," said Captain Tomaso. "WestJet is a prime example of a Canadian employer who is supportive and dedicated to Canada's Reserve Force."

Ken McKenzie, WestJet's Executive Vice-President of Operations, will accept the award on the company's behalf at the June 9, 2007 awards ceremony in Ottawa.

"While it is an honour to receive this award, it is a greater honour to work alongside WestJetters who are a part of Canada's Reserve Force," stated McKenzie. "WestJet is a Canadian company that is deeply committed to supporting those proud Canadians who serve our country."

Over 180 employers were nominated for this year's National Reserve Force Employer Support Awards. This is the seventh awards ceremony sponsored by the CFLC since 1994.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service throughout its 38-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2005 and 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.

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