September 07, 2005 08:30 ET

WestJet's August Load Factor Increases to 83.5%

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 7, 2005) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) announced its traffic statistics for August 2005 today, featuring a 22.3% increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) to 797.5 million, up from 652.1 million in August 2004. Year to date, RPMs increased 31.1% to 5,294.1 million from 4,039.0 million in the same period in 2004.

Available seat miles (ASMs) grew 16.9% to 955.1 million in August 2005, up from 817.3 million in August 2004. Year to date, ASMs have increased 24.0% to 7,058.9 million, up from 5,691.3 million in the same eight-month period in 2004.

WestJet's load factor for August 2005 increased 3.7 percentage points to 83.5% compared with 79.8% in August 2004. During the first eight months of 2005, the company's load factor increased 4.0 percentage points to 75.0% compared with 71.0% during the same period in 2004.

WestJet is Canada's leading low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 34-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 provided by Bell ExpressVu on its 737-700 fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

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    Website: www.westjet.com