WestJet Encore headquarters announced

                    WestJet Encore headquarters announced

PR Newswire

CALGARY, Oct. 31, 2012

Regional carrier's head office will be in Calgary

CALGARY, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - WestJet today announced that Calgary
will be home to WestJet Encore's headquarters. The decision was made after a
thorough review of various airports and a variety of factors. With
consideration to the operational needs of WestJet Encore during its initial
launch phase and as it grows to full maturity, Calgary was determined to be
the best fit for the airline and its people.

WestJet and  the Calgary  Airport  Authority will  conduct  a joint  study  to 
determine the exact location of an anticipated 40,000 square foot  maintenance 
facility and office  space. Its  specific location  will be  announced once  a 
final decision  is made.  WestJetters who  will provide  corporate support  to 
WestJet Encore  will  be  located  in WestJet's  LEED  Gold  certified  campus 
building, also located in Calgary.

"We're very pleased to announce that WestJet Encore's headquarters will be  in 
Calgary," said Gregg Saretsky,  WestJet President and  CEO. "Calgary has  been 
WestJet's home since we began operations  in 1996. As WestJet Encore looks  to 
replicate the  success  of WestJet,  the  decision to  do  so from  a  Calgary 
headquarters  felt  right  for  us  operationally  and  felt  right  for   our 
WestJetters. We're happy to welcome  the Calgary International Airport to  our 
new WestJet Encore family."

"Today's announcement by WestJet  is great news for  YYC, the City of  Calgary 
and the Province of  Alberta," said Garth Atkinson,  President and CEO of  The 
Calgary Airport Authority.  "WestJet already has  a significant corporate  and 
operational presence at YYC and the addition of the WestJet Encore head office
and maintenance facility will greatly enhance  the vitality of YYC as a  major 
Canadian hub airport."

The location  of  the headquarters  will  not determine  where  the  airline's 
operations will begin  next year. As  previously communicated, a  list of  the 
first communities to be  served by WestJet Encore  will be announced in  early 
2013 with eventual service from coast to coast.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's most preferred  airline, offering scheduled service to  81 
destinations in North America, Central  America and the Caribbean. Powered  by 
an award-winning culture  of care,  WestJet has pioneered  low-cost flying  in 
Canada. Recognized nationally  as a top  employer, WestJet now  has more  than 
8,600  WestJetters   across   Canada.  Operating   a   fleet  of   99   Boeing 
Next-Generation  737  aircraft  with   future  confirmed  deliveries  for   an 
additional 36 Boeing Next-Generation  737 aircraft through  2018 and plans  to 
launch a low-cost regional airline in 2013,  WestJet strives to be one of  the 
five most successful international airlines in the world.

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