June 07, 2005 08:30 ET

WestJet's May Load Factor Increases to 70.6%

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - June 7, 2005) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) announced its traffic statistics for May 2005 today, featuring a 32.2% increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) to 597.2 million, up from 451.9 million in May 2004. Year to date, RPMs increased 38.7% to 3,117.6 million from 2,247.2 million in the same period in 2004.

Available seat miles (ASMs) grew 21.8% to 845.4 million in May 2005, up from 694.3 million in May 2004. Year to date, ASMs have increased 28.6% to 4,326.4 million, up from 3,364.0 million in the same five-month period in 2004.

WestJet's load factor for May 2005 increased 5.5 percentage points to 70.6% compared with 65.1% in May 2004. During the first five months of 2005, the company's load factor increased 5.3 percentage points to 72.1% compared with 66.8% during the same period in 2004.

WestJet is Canada's leading low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 32-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, leather seats and live seatback television on its new fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 aircraft, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

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