WestJet

WestJet

March 03, 2005 08:30 ET

WestJet's February Load Factor Increases to 72.9%


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TSX SYMBOL: WJA

MARCH 3, 2005 - 08:30 ET

WestJet's February Load Factor Increases to 72.9%

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - March 3, 2005) - WestJet (TSX:WJA)
announced its traffic statistics for February 2005 today, featuring a
39.9% increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) to 597.8 million, up
from 427.3 million in February 2004. Year to date, RPMs increased 35.5%
to 1,212.0 million from 894.6 million in the same period in 2004.

WestJet's load factor for February 2005 increased 5.5 percentage points
to 72.9% compared with 67.4% in February 2004. During the first two
months of 2005, the company's load factor increased 3.3 percentage
points to 71.2% compared with 67.9% during the same period in 2004.

Available seat miles (ASMs) grew 29.3% to 820.5 million in February
2005, up from 634.3 million in February 2004. Year to date, ASMs have
increased 29.1% to 1,701.1 million, up from 1,318.0 million in the same
two-month period in 2004.

Achieving a load factor increase is particularly significant for a
growing airline. Not only were a larger percentage of WestJet's
available seats filled in February 2005 compared to February 2004, but
there were also 29.3% more seats to fill.

WestJet provides scheduled service to 32 North American cities and
charter service to 26 destinations in eight countries. The airline
operates a fleet of 56 aircraft featuring 38 Boeing Next-Generation 737
aircraft.

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