WestJet: Here Comes the Sun



    WestJet expands capacity again and is on track to become Canada's
    vacation leader in Mexico and Caribbean

    CALGARY, July 29 /CNW/ - WestJet (TSX:WJA) and WestJet Vacations today
announced the introduction of seasonal non-stop service to two new
international sun destinations in Mexico: Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. These
new sun destinations are part of WestJet's enhanced winter schedule, which
also includes increased frequency to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Palm
Springs, Orlando, Honolulu, Maui, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan (Mexico), and
Nassau (Bahamas) from many cities across Canada.
    "Cancun and Puerto Vallarta are huge additions to our network that truly
show the progression of our international expansion into sun spots," said Bob
Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President of Guest Experience and Marketing.
"The increasing number of international sun destinations in our winter
schedule reflects our goal to make WestJet and WestJet Vacations the leading
airline and vacation provider into Mexico and the Caribbean."
    Non-stop flights from Vancouver and Calgary to Cancun are operated by
WestJet for WestJet Vacations and are only available for sale at
westjetvacations.com at this time. For more information, visit
westjetvacations.com.
    "Our winter schedule responds to Canadian travellers' needs by allocating
approximately 30 per cent of our scheduled capacity to our 22 destinations in
the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean," said Bob Cummings. "WestJet's
unique guest experience, award-winning culture and high-value low-cost model
will enable us to strategically increase our international presence in the
years ahead."
    As of November 2008, WestJet will fly to 51 destinations, 22 of which are
sun destinations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. By 2013, WestJet will
fly to over 65 scheduled destinations.

    Details on WestJet's new service to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta are as
follows:

    
    Route                                                 Starting Frequency
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    Calgary - Cancun (Operated for WestJet
     Vacations)(1)                                November 5, 2008 2x weekly
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    Calgary - Puerto Vallarta                     November 4, 2008 2x weekly
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    Edmonton - Cancun                             November 4, 2008 2x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton - Puerto Vallarta                    November 2, 2008 2x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Halifax - Cancun                             February 18, 2009 1x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver - Cancun (Operated for WestJet
     Vacations)(1)                                November 2, 2008 2x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (1) Pending government approval
    

    WestJet is adding several new non-stop routes this winter as well,
including Edmonton to Los Angeles, London to Orlando and Ottawa to Nassau.
"The addition of non-stop service is a very significant step," said Bob
Cummings. "Historically, every time we have added a new non-stop route, we
have significantly increased the number of guests traveling from the
originating city to that destination. Our guests truly appreciate being able
to travel non-stop."

    Enhancements to WestJet's winter schedule include:

    
    Route                                                Starting  Frequency
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Calgary - Las Vegas                         September 8, 2008   2x daily
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    Calgary - Palm Springs                       November 2, 2008 10x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton - Cabo San Lucas (existing)         November 3, 2008  1x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton - Las Vegas                         November 3, 2008   2x daily
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton - Los Angeles                       November 3, 2008  3x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton - Mazatlan                          November 5, 2008  2x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton - Phoenix                           November 2, 2008      Daily
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton - Palm Springs                      November 2, 2008  4x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    London - Orlando                            February 17, 2009  1x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ottawa - Nassau                             December 24, 2008  1x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver - Cabo San Lucas                   November 5, 2008  2x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver - Las Vegas                        November 2, 2008   2x daily
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver - Mazatlan                         November 7, 2008  1x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver - Honolulu                        November 17, 2008 12x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver - Maui                            November 17, 2008 11x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    WestJet has also announced the early return of seasonal service to Phoenix
and Palm Springs from Calgary and Edmonton. Until November 1, 2008, this early
start service includes:


    Route                                                 Starting Frequency
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    Calgary - Palm Springs                        October 14, 2008 3x weekly
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    Calgary - Phoenix                             October 15, 2008 3x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton - Palm Springs                       October 16, 2008 3x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton - Phoenix                            October 17, 2008 4x weekly
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Frequencies will increase on November 2, 2008. For more information
    visit westjet.com.
    

    WestJet Vacations offers customized vacation packages for all of
WestJet's scheduled destinations including the newly announced Cancun and
Puerto Vallarta.
    More detailed information about WestJet's enhanced winter schedule and
low introductory fares is available at westjet.com. Seats are available for
sale immediately and can be booked online at westjet.com or through travel
agents.

    About WestJet

    WestJet is Canada's leading high-value low-cost airline offering
scheduled service throughout its 51-city North American and Caribbean network.
Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2005, 2006 and 2007, WestJet
pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom and
leather seats on its modern fleet of 76 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft,
and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu. With future confirmed
deliveries for an additional 45 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013,
WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

    About WestJet Vacations

    Launched on June 1, 2006, WestJet Vacations provides guests with
affordable, reliable and easy to book travel packages. Leveraging WestJet's
friendly image, extensive network and value proposition of being Canada's
second largest airline, WestJet Vacations offers guests a unique and
customized vacation experience.





For further information:

For further information: WestJet, Media Relations, Gillian Bentley,
(403) 444-2615, Email: gbentley@westjet.com, Website: www.westjet.com


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