November 03, 2005 08:30 ET

WestJet's October Load Factor Increases to 73.5%

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 3, 2005) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) announced its traffic statistics for October 2005 today, featuring a 16.5% increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) to 665.6 million, up from 571.5 million in October 2004. Year to date, RPMs increased 28.0% to 6,616.4 million from 5,169.0 million in the same period in 2004.

Available seat miles (ASMs) grew 8.8% to 905.2 million in October 2005, up from 832.2 million in October 2004. Year to date, ASMs have increased 21.7% to 8,890.5 million, up from 7,306.6 million in the same 10-month period in 2004.

WestJet's load factor for October 2005 was 73.5% compared with 68.7% in October 2004. During the first 10 months of 2005, the company's load factor increased 3.7 percentage points to 74.4% compared with 70.7% during the same period in 2004.

WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service throughout its 35-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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  • WestJet
    Media Relations
    Gillian Bentley
    (403) 444-2615
    Website: www.westjet.com