WestJet sets new single-day record today

Students and families return home from mid-term break

CALGARY, Feb. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced it will fly 52,992 guests today, setting a new single-day record for the airline. The previous record, set on December 22, 2011, saw 52,397 guests fly across the airline's network.

The new single-day record follows a busy week for travel which saw students at many Canadian post-secondary institutions head out for mid-term break. In provinces with a Family Day holiday, families took the week off to enjoy a warm-weather vacation.

"We love to welcome our guests on board and with each new record, it's clear that more Canadians are choosing our low fares and high value, our great guest experience and to travel with our fun and friendly WestJetters," said Bob Cummings, WestJet's Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience. "We would like to thank our growing base of business travellers and, for this week in particular, students and their families for choosing to fly with us. We hope they had a fabulous break and we look forward to welcoming them on board a WestJet flight again in the very near future."

On average, WestJet flies approximately 40,000 guests on 425 flights per day. To reduce line-ups and save time, especially on busy travel days like today, WestJet offers four convenient check-in options:

  • Web check-in is available at westjet.com. Guests can check in from 24 hours to 60 minutes before scheduled departure.

  • Mobile check-in allows guests to check in with a cell phone from 24 hours to 60 minutes before scheduled departure.

  • Self-serve check-in kiosks are available at most Canadian and U.S. airports in WestJet's network from 24 hours to 60 minutes before scheduled departure. Select serve-serve kiosks also offer self-serve bag-tagging, allowing guests to print and attach their bag tags as part of their check-in process.

  • Traditional counter check-in is available in all airports. Our friendly WestJetters are always happy to greet guests and help them on their way.

About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's favourite 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. Named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion, 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.

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SOURCE WestJet

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Media contact:
Robert Palmer, Media Relations, telephone: 1-888-WJ-4-NEWS (1-888-954-6397), email: media@westjet.com.


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