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December 05, 2007 08:30 ET

WestJet Reports Record November Load Factor of 75.6 Per Cent

WestJet President and CEO says results reflect the airline's exceptional guest experience

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2007) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced a record November load factor of 75.6 per cent, 2.2 percentage points higher than in November 2006. This increase in load factor accompanied a capacity increase of 14.8 per cent and growth in RPMs (revenue passenger miles) of 18.3 per cent.

"The economy, our continually improving schedule and our exceptional guest experience, delivered by our great WestJetters, continues to drive our traffic results," commented Sean Durfy, WestJet President and CEO. "We are pleased with our strong load factor during this shoulder period. Every month, our brand continues to strengthen and gain wider-spread acceptance across Canada. In December, we will begin service into our newest destinations of Montego Bay, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, St. Lucia, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan. This adds further growth potential for both WestJet and WestJet Vacations."



November 2007 Traffic Results

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November November Per cent
2007 2006 change
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Load Factor 75.6% 73.4% 2.2 pts.
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Available Seat Miles (ASM) 1.2 billion 1.1 billion 14.8%
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Revenue Passenger Miles (RPM) 923.5 million 780.4 million 18.3%
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Year-to-date Year-to-date Per cent
2007 2006 change
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Load Factor 80.8% 78.2% 2.6 pts.
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Available Seat Miles (ASM) 13.2 billion 11.4 billion 16.2%
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Revenue Passenger Miles (RPM) 10.7 billion 8.9 billion 20.2%
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Sean Durfy continued, "In November, we produced significant improvement in our year-over-year RASM results. At this time of the year when the weather is not always cooperating, I would like to deliver a special thank you to our people for pulling together and demonstrating incredible determination and patience ensuring our guests are well looked after. I continue to be impressed by the ability of our WestJetters to consistently deliver great service. They are truly making WestJet an airline success story."

This disclosure may contain forward-looking statements and are subject to, and may be affected by, numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond WestJet's control. WestJet's results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to: changes in government policy, exchange rates, interest rates, disruption of supplies, volatility of fuel prices, terrorism, general economic conditions, the competitive environment and other factors described in WestJet's public reports and filings. Forward-looking statements are subject to change and WestJet does not undertake to update, correct or revise any forward-looking information as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise.

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