WestJet launches service to the core of the Big Apple

Airline launches flights between Toronto Pearson and LaGuardia Airport

CALGARY, June 4, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced the launch of new non-stop service seven times daily on weekdays between Toronto and New York City's LaGuardia Airport. The airline will add an eighth daily weekday flight beginning July 12.

Through a partnership with Delta Air Lines, WestJet guests will find convenient connections between WestJet's Canadian network and Delta Air Lines' 62 destinations beyond LaGuardia. "Service to Canada's largest international market, with a convenient schedule, is a key part of WestJet's strategy to welcome more business travellers on board," said John MacLeod, WestJet Vice-President, Network Management and Alliances. "We are delighted to bring lower fares and a great guest experience to both business and leisure travellers in the New York market."

Schedule details are as follows:

Toronto - New York-LaGuardia (daily until October 27, 2012)

Flight Departure Arrival
1200 7 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
1222 9:30 a.m. 11 a.m.
1204 12:30 p.m. 1:55 p.m.
1206 2:30 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
1208 4 p.m. 5:25 p.m.
1210 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m.
1212 7:30 p.m. 9 p.m.
1236* 8:30 p.m. 9:55 p.m.

New York-LaGuardia - Toronto (daily until October 27, 2012)

Flight Departure Arrival
1201 6:30 a.m. 8:15 a.m.
1203* 7:55 a.m. 9:37 a.m.
1205 9:30 a.m. 11:17 a.m.
1207 12 p.m. 1:40 p.m.
1217 2:55 p.m. 4:35 p.m.
1211 4:45 p.m. 6:26 p.m.
1213 6:30 p.m. 8:15 p.m.
1215 7:50 p.m. 9:29 p.m.

*Service begins July 12, 2012.

WestJet's arrival area at LaGuardia will be at Terminal C, close to its code-share partner Delta Air Lines. Guests will have the ability to earn either WestJet dollars or Delta SkyMiles when booking these code-share flights. WestJet Rewards members will also earn triple WestJet dollars on flights to/from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and New York-LaGuardia until September 3, 2012. Full details can be found at westjet.com/nycbonus.

As an extension to service currently offered to guests flying between Toronto and Montreal and Toronto and Ottawa, guests travelling to New York-LaGuardia from these three cities will also enjoy conveniences including priority security screening in Toronto on weekdays, no extra fees for taking an earlier flight, no extra fees for missing their flight but arriving at the airport within two hours of their scheduled departure, a complimentary glass of wine or beer on board, and WestJet's unique, industry-leading on-time service promise. Full details are available at westjet.com/smartbusiness.

"This new service by WestJet strengthens the connection between New York and Toronto - two of the truly great North American cities," said Pamela Griffith-Jones, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. "We appreciate WestJet's continued commitment to expanding its network from Toronto Pearson and by so doing offering more travel choices for our guests."

Great one-way fares between Toronto Pearson and New York-LaGuardia are available from $99 plus $90 in applicable fees, taxes and surcharges for a total fare of $189. Seats are available by visiting westjet.com, calling WestJet's Sales Super Centre at 1-888-WESTJET (1-888-937-8538) or through your preferred travel agent.

WestJet Vacations offers a great selection of air and hotel packages for New York City this summer, starting from $499 for three nights' accommodation, plus $175 in applicable fees, taxes and surcharges for a total fare of $674. For more information, visit westjetvacations.com, contact a WestJet Vacations Experience Specialist at 1-877-737-7001 or see your preferred travel agent.

"Whether you're looking for 'budget conscious' or 'cosmopolitan chic', WestJet Vacations offers a New York experience for everyone," said Chris Avery, Vice-President and General Manager, WestJet Vacations. "We have hotels in every price range and in a wide variety of neighbourhoods including Times Square, Central Park, Broadway, Rockefeller Center, Soho and more."

About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 76-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 98 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 37 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

About WestJet Vacations
WestJet Vacations provides guests with affordable, reliable and easy-to-book travel experiences to 47 destinations in 13 countries, including the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Leveraging WestJet's fun and friendly image, extensive network and world-class guest experience, WestJet Vacations offers guests a great flight schedule and a wide variety of hotel and resort options to create fun and affordable vacation experiences. For more information, visit www.westjetvacations.com.

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