August 04, 2005 08:30 ET

WestJet's July Load Factor Increases to 81.3%

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 4, 2005) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) announced its traffic statistics for July 2005 today, featuring a 19.9% increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) to 763.7 million, up from 637.2 million in July 2004. Year to date, RPMs increased 32.8% to 4,496.7 million from 3,386.9 million in the same period in 2004.

Available seat miles (ASMs) grew 15.9% to 939.6 million in July 2005, up from 810.8 million in July 2004. Year to date, ASMs have increased 25.2% to 6,103.7 million, up from 4,874.0 million in the same seven-month period in 2004.

WestJet's load factor for July 2005 increased 2.7 percentage points to 81.3% compared with 78.6% in July 2004. During the first seven months of 2005, the company's load factor increased 4.2 percentage points to 73.7% compared with 69.5% 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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