Here we grow again



    
    WestJet adds Yellowknife, Sydney, San Francisco and San Diego to its
    expanding network
    

    CALGARY, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced the addition of four new
seasonal destinations and new seasonal non-stop service to many Canadian and
U.S. cities as part of its 2009 enhanced summer schedule. The four new
destinations expand WestJet's network to 55 cities across Canada, the United
States, Mexico and the Caribbean.
    New seasonal non-stop service between Edmonton and Yellowknife, and
Toronto and Sydney, N.S., begins on May 4 and 5, 2009, respectively. WestJet
will also launch new seasonal non-stop service between Calgary and San Diego
on June 1, 2009, and between Calgary and San Francisco on June 2, 2009.
    "These new destinations, along with expanded service to other Canadian
and U.S. cities, are part of our ongoing efforts to bring our world-class
guest experience to more and more travellers," said Bob Cummings, WestJet's
Executive Vice-President of Guest Experience and Marketing. "Despite a
challenging economic climate, we are undeterred in our strategy and will
continue to position WestJet to become the market share leader in Canada by
2013.
    "We are extremely proud of these new routes," he added. "We are excited
to be flying to Canada's north for the first time in our history and look
forward to connecting more Canadians with Yellowknife and the Northwest
Territories. We also look forward to giving our guests the chance to sample
the rich and unique culture of Sydney and Cape Breton Island."
    The new U.S. destinations represent a significant expansion of WestJet's
service to California. "We know that our guests already enjoy visiting Los
Angeles and Palm Springs, and San Diego and San Francisco will be just as
popular," Bob Cummings said. "These new destinations move us closer to making
WestJet and WestJet Vacations a leading airline and vacation provider into the
United States and, with year-round service to Montego Bay, to the Caribbean as
well."
    The announcement of these new destinations is part of WestJet's enhanced
summer schedule, which also includes new seasonal non-stop service between
Vancouver and Saskatoon and Regina, Vancouver and Fort McMurray, Toronto and
Fort McMurray, Vancouver and London, Ont., and London, Ont., and Halifax.
    Starting in spring 2009, the airline will launch new seasonal non-stop
service between the following cities:

    
    Route                                                          Frequency
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    Edmonton - Yellowknife (starts May 4, 2009)                    Daily
    Introductory fares starting at $149
     (taxes and surcharges extra)
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    Toronto - Sydney, N.S. (starts May 5, 2009)                    3x weekly
    Introductory fares starting at $119
     (taxes and surcharges extra)
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    Calgary - San Diego (starts June 1, 2009)                      3x weekly
    Introductory fares starting at $165
     (taxes and surcharges extra)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Calgary - San Francisco (starts June 2, 2009)                  3x weekly
    Introductory fares starting at $125
     (taxes and surcharges extra)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver - Saskatoon (starts May 3, 2009)                     Daily
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver - Regina (starts May 3, 2009)                        Daily
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    Vancouver - Fort McMurray (starts May 3, 2009)                 Daily
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver - London, Ont. (starts May 11, 2009)                 Daily
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Fort McMurray - Toronto (starts May 3, 2009)                   Daily
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    London, Ont. - Halifax (starts May 11, 2009)                   Daily
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    WestJet is also extending existing winter service between the following
cities to year-round status:

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    Toronto - Montego Bay                                          4x weekly
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    Edmonton - Los Angeles                                         Daily
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    Calgary - Kamloops                                             Daily
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    WestJet will also increase the number of summer departures, as compared to
summer 2008, on a number of routes including:

    Route                                                          Frequency
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    Toronto - Nassau                                               3x weekly
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    Toronto - Fort Lauderdale                                      4x weekly
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    Toronto - Tampa                                                3x weekly
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    Edmonton - Kelowna                                             4x daily
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    Calgary - Kelowna                                              5x daily
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    WestJet will also reintroduce the following non-stop seasonal routes to
its summer schedule:

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    Calgary - New York City via Newark (starts May 3)
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    Saint John - Toronto (starts May 15)
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    Deer Lake - Toronto (starts May 15)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    More detailed information about WestJet's enhanced summer 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 55-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 76 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. 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.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Gillian Bentley, Media
Relations, telephone: 1-888-WJ 4 NEWS (1-888-954-6397), e-mail:
gbentley@westjet.com

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