WestJet reports record February load factor of 86.1 per cent

         WestJet reports record February load factor of 86.1 per cent

PR Newswire

CALGARY, March 5, 2013

Airline flies 1.4 million guests in the month, up 5.5 per cent

CALGARY, March 5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ - WestJet  today announced February  2013 
traffic results with a record load factor of 86.1 per cent. Revenue  passenger 
miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 7.3 per cent year over year, and capacity,
measured in  available seat  miles (ASMs),  grew 3.1  per cent  over the  same 
period. The  airline flew  1.4 million  guests in  February, a  year-over-year 
increase of 5.5 per cent or approximately 74,300 additional guests.

"Not only did we achieve our eighth consecutive monthly load factor record  in 
February, we also  announced WestJet Encore's  first schedule, and  celebrated 
WestJet's 17^th birthday," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky.  "We 
are very  pleased  with the  record  February  load factor,  as  our  capacity 
increases continue to  be absorbed by  the market.  I want to  thank our  over 
9,000 WestJetters for  their commitment to  providing a remarkable  experience 
for our  growing number  of guests,  especially in  light of  the  challenging 
winter weather conditions."

                        February 2013 traffic results

               February 2013 February 2012  Change
Load factor        86.1 %        82.7 %     3.4 pts.
ASMs (billions)     1.867         1.811      3.1 %
RPMs (billions)     1.608         1.499      7.3 %

               Year-to-date 2013 Year-to-date 2012  Change
Load factor          83.4 %            81.3 %       2.1 pts.
ASMs (billions)       3.908             3.729        4.8 %
RPMs (billions)       3.258             3.030        7.5 %

On February 11^th, WestJet  announced the first two  communities that will  be 
serviced by WestJet Encore. Fort St. John, British Columbia, will start  daily 
service from Calgary and Vancouver  and Nanaimo, British Columbia, will  start 
daily service  from  Calgary,  commencing  on  June  24,  2013.  WestJet  also 
announced new  non-stop  service  between  Toronto  and  Myrtle  Beach,  South 
Carolina, and between Calgary and Dallas, Texas, beginning this spring.

"The announcements  of the  first two  destinations to  be served  by our  new 
Bombardier Q400 NextGen  fleet, as  well as schedule  enhancements in  British 
Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, are an exciting start to WestJet  Encore," 
said Ferio Pugliese, President,  WestJet Encore and Executive  Vice-President, 
WestJet. "We look  forward to more  announcements later this  year as we  take 
delivery of additional aircraft."

Caution regarding forward-looking statements
Certain information  set forth  in this  news release,  including  information 
regarding  the  demand  environment  and  future  service  schedules  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,  scheduled 
aircraft deliveries,  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  85 
destinations in North America, Central  America and the Caribbean. Powered  by 
an award-winning culture of care, WestJet 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  more  than  100  Boeing 
Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400  NextGen aircraft, WestJet strives  to 
be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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