November 29, 2006 11:53 ET

WestJet Welcomes John Hamilton as Vice President, WestJet Vacations

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 29, 2006) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Hamilton as Vice President, WestJet Vacations.

"John joined WestJet this week and brings with him significant experience in the wholesale travel business in Canada and the United Kingdom", commented Dr. Hugh Dunleavy, Executive Vice President, Commercial Distribution for WestJet. "He has experience in operations, marketing and sales with some of the biggest operators in the country which brings terrific expertise to WestJet Vacations."

John began his career in the wholesale industry in the United Kingdom and came to Canada in 1984 with Trafalgar Tours. John held positions in operations, sales and marketing with Trafalgar before moving to Fun Sun in 1992 as Director of Sales and Marketing. In 1995 he returned to Toronto as Vice President for Travel Corp. Most recently, he ran BCAA Travel and was instrumental in the launch of CANescapes as well as the purchase of Pacific Sunspots.

"I am delighted to be joining WestJet and am looking forward to building on the business foundation of WestJet Vacations," said John Hamilton. "We will continue to develop partnerships to ensure an amazing vacation experience for our guests, while meeting our obligations to our shareholders."

WestJet Vacations, the wholly-owned subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd., specializes in customized vacation packages that will leverage WestJet's existing scheduled network to 33 cities across North America.

Marking its tenth anniversary this year, 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
    Deborah Knight
    Manager PR & Communications
    (403) 589-5852
    (416) 200-3577 (FAX)
    Website: www.westjet.com