CALGARY, June 23 /CNW/ - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today commented on the
announcement made this morning by the Ottawa International Airport Authority
to reduce terminal fees. In response to skyrocketing fuel costs and the
weakened economies in Canada and the U.S., effective July 1, 2008, the
Authority will reduce its general terminal fees by five per cent.
"We thank the Ottawa International Airport Authority for its voluntary
decision to reduce terminal fees and commend it for acknowledging the
increasing cost pressures airlines are facing as a result of fuel prices,"
commented Ken McKenzie, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Operations. "As we
continue to focus on ways to reduce our costs, we are also looking to the rest
of Canada's airports to follow the cost-reduction initiatives demonstrated by
Ottawa in today's announcement. As Canadian airports set their 2009 rates, we
hope they do their part to ensure air travel remains affordable for all
WestJet is Canada's leading high-value low-cost airline offering
scheduled service throughout its 47-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 75 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft,
and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu. With future
deliveries for an additional 46 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013,
WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.
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