Aloha, Edmonton! Edmontonians are headed for Hawaii with WestJet's new,
non-stop service to Maui

CALGARY, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - WestJet Airlines today announced it will launch new, non-stop service between Edmonton and Maui, Hawaii, beginning next year. WestJet is the only airline to offer this service from Edmonton.

WestJet will fly between Edmonton and Maui once per week from March 5 to April 30, 2010. Introductory one-way fares start at $369 plus applicable fees and taxes, and are available immediately.

"Edmontonians love Hawaii, but they love non-stop flights even more," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Vice-President, Guest Experience and Marketing. "We wish we could offer this opportunity sooner, but with 11 new destinations in our 2009-2010 winter schedule - our biggest winter schedule ever - we had to wait until we took delivery of more aircraft before we could make this happen."

The service will end on April 30, 2010, as WestJet transitions from its winter schedule to its summer schedule. "This will be a great window of opportunity for Edmontonians, "Bob Cummings added. "Based on demand for the service during this period, we hope to offer it again as part of our 2010-2011 winter schedule."

"WestJet's new route is a business decision that shows great confidence in Edmonton's economy," says Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel. "Whether Edmonton airports' new links are to recreational destinations or business hubs, we welcome this kind of growth and the economic advantage it brings. Aloha!"

"This is good news for both business and leisure travellers," said Reg Milley, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport. "As the weather reminds us in the Edmonton region, as well as the north, sun destinations are very appealing and very important. As well, U.S. passenger traffic represents one of Edmonton International Airport's fastest-growing market segments, so we are thrilled to see a key partner, WestJet, add even more opportunity for growth."

To book a flight, please visit westjet.com or call our WestJet Sales Super Centre at 1-888-WESTJET (937-8538). To book a WestJet Vacations package to Hawaii or another other WestJet destination, please visit westjetvacations.com or call 1-877-737-7001.

    
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          Service          Frequency         Flight times     Service dates
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     Edmonton to Maui,     Once per        Outbound flight      March 5 to
          Hawaii             week        Departs at 7:30 a.m.    April 30,
       Introductory        (Fridays)     Arrives at 10:44 a.m.     2010
    one-way fares from
        $369, plus                           Return flight
      applicable fees                    Departs at 11:45 a.m.
        and taxes                        Arrives at 10:04 p.m.
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Edmontonians have many choices for their sun destination vacations this winter, with WestJet offering non-stop service to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Palm Springs and Los Angeles.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 66-city North American and Caribbean network. Named one of Canada's most admired corporate cultures in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 81 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 54 aircraft through 2016, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

SOURCE WestJet

For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Robert Palmer, Media Relations, telephone: 1-888-WJ 4 NEWS (1-888-954-6397), e-mail: ropalmer@westjet.com


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