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WestJet releases statement in response to federal decision


Pension decision should mark end of era for special treatment of Air Canada

CALGARY, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - WestJet today responded to the federal government's decision to extend Air Canada's pension funding arrangement.

"While we recognize this has been a difficult decision for the government, we are disappointed with this announcement," said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. "We are supportive of a strong and competitive aviation industry in Canada. To that end, we trust this marks the end of special treatment for Air Canada as such treatment at the expense of other industry players has become too common. We look forward to working with the government to create a level playing field and an environment that supports a healthy industry that benefits the travelling public."

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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Media contact: Media Relations, 1-888-WJ-4-NEWS (1-888-954-6397), media@westjet.com

SOURCE: WestJet

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CO: WestJet ST: Alberta NI: AIR LEI LEI

-0- Mar/13/2013 15:52 GMT

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