WestJet reports record January load factor of 80.9 per cent

         WestJet reports record January load factor of 80.9 per cent

PR Newswire

CALGARY, Feb. 5, 2013

Airline flies 1.5 million guests in the month, an additional 87,500 guests

CALGARY, Feb.  5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -  WestJet today  announced January  2013 
traffic results with a record load factor of 80.9 per cent. Revenue  passenger 
miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 7.7 per cent year over year, and capacity,
measured in  available seat  miles (ASMs),  grew 6.4  per cent  over the  same 
period. The  airline flew  1.5  million guests  in January,  a  year-over-year 
increase of 6.4 per cent or approximately 87,500 additional guests.

"Positive  momentum  continues  into  2013   as  January  marks  our   seventh 
consecutive monthly  load factor  record," stated  WestJet President  and  CEO 
Gregg Saretsky. "Our forward  bookings remain strong and  I want to thank  the 
entire WestJet team for  their energy and efforts  in continuing to deliver  a 
remarkable guest experience."

January 2013 traffic results

               January 2013 January 2012   Change
Load factor            80.9%        79.9% 1.0 pts.
ASMs (billions)        2.041        1.918     6.4%
RPMs (billions)        1.650        1.532     7.7%

WestJet continues  the winter  season with  its expanded  flight and  vacation 
offerings into the sun destination market. The 2012-2013 winter schedule added
non-stop service  to Antigua  and Barbuda,  Curacao, Trinidad  and Tobago  and 
Costa Rica, from Toronto,  as well as non-stop  service to Manzanillo,  Mexico 
from Calgary. "We  strive to offer  our guests the  best selection of  popular 
vacation destinations, while  delivering great value  and excellent  service," 
said Bob  Cummings,  Executive  Vice-President,  Sales,  Marketing  and  Guest 
Experience.

WestJet will report its 2012 fourth quarter and year-end results on Wednesday,
February 6, 2013. Following  the release of these  results, WestJet will  hold 
its quarterly analysts' conference call at  9 a.m. MST (11 a.m. EST).  WestJet 
President and CEO Gregg Saretsky  and Executive Vice-President of Finance  and 
CFO Vito Culmone will discuss the  airline's 2012 fourth quarter and  year-end 
results and  answer  questions from  financial  analysts and  the  media.  The 
conference call  will be  available  in Toronto  by calling  416-915-3239,  in 
Vancouver by  calling 604-638-5340  and across  Canada and  the United  States 
through the toll-free telephone  number 1-800-319-4610. The  call can also  be 
heard live through an Internet webcast  accessible via the Media and  Investor 
Relations section of www.westjet.com.

Caution regarding forward-looking statements
Certain information  set forth  in this  news release,  including  information 
regarding the demand environment contains forward-looking statements. By their
nature,  forward-looking  statements  are   subject  to  numerous  risks   and 
uncertainties,  some   of   which   are  beyond   WestJet's   control.   These 
forward-looking statements  are  based  on  WestJet's  existing  strategy  and 
currently available  implementation plans,  agreements and  bookings, but  may 
vary due to factors  including, but not limited  to, changes in guest  demand, 
regulatory and competitive environment and general economic conditions.  These 
and additional  risk factors  are discussed  in WestJet's  most recent  Annual 
Information Form and in other documents  WestJet files from time to time  with 
securities regulatory authorities, which are available under WestJet's profile
on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Readers  are  cautioned  that   undue  reliance  should   not  be  placed   on 
forward-looking statements  as actual  results may  vary materially  from  the 
forward-looking  statements.  WestJet  does   not  undertake  to  update   any 
forward-looking statements, except as is required by law.

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 
9,000  WestJetters   across  Canada.   Operating  a   fleet  of   101   Boeing 
Next-Generation  737  aircraft  with   future  confirmed  deliveries  for   an 
additional 34 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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