WestJet launches service to fourth Dominican destination

Airline makes first flight today from Toronto to Samana, Dominican Republic

CALGARY, June 5 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced the launch of new seasonal non-stop service between Toronto and Samana, Dominican Republic. The inaugural flight departs from Toronto's Pearson International Airport at 10 a.m. EDT today.

"Samana is the one of the Dominican Republic's best kept secrets and WestJet is excited to bring Canadian travellers to this part of the island," said Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Planning. "The gorgeous blend of white, sandy coastline and lush rainforests provide ample opportunity to see the local beauty and culture of the Samana area. The popularity of the Dominican Republic is soaring with the addition of destinations to our ever-expanding Caribbean network, in combination with WestJet Vacations' reputation for offering low-cost, high-value vacation packages."

WestJet will fly between Toronto and Samana once weekly until October 30, 2010.

The schedule details of WestJet's new service are:

    Toronto - Samana (once weekly on Saturday)
    Flight                               Departure              Arrival
    From Toronto - WS2644                10 a.m.                2:10 p.m.
    From Samana - WS2645                 3 p.m.                 7:05 p.m.

One-way fares, available in both directions on non-stop flights only, are available from $199 plus applicable taxes and fees. Fares are available by calling WestJet's Sales Super Centre at 1-888-WESTJET (937-8538), your preferred travel agent or by visiting www.westjet.com.

Guests in the Dominican Republic wishing to take advantage of convenient connections to WestJet's extensive Canadian network may purchase tickets to Toronto at the Samana El Catey International Airport.

WestJet Vacations offers customized vacation packages for most of WestJet's scheduled destinations, including packages to Samana starting at $679, plus applicable fees and taxes, for a seven-night stay. For more information, visit www.westjetvacations.com.

As part of its 2010 summer schedule, WestJet will continue to offer year-round service from Toronto to two other Dominican Republic destinations - check out Punta Cana's coconut coast and Puerto Plata's traditional charms, with one-way fares starting at $229 $269 respectively, plus applicable fees and taxes. WestJet Vacations packages start at $649 for Puerto Plata and $789 for Punta Cana, plus applicable fees and taxes, for a seven-night stay. WestJet also flies to La Romana on a seasonal basis.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 68-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, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 88 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 47 aircraft through 2016, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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

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