WestJet reports March load factor of 86.1 per cent

              WestJet reports March load factor of 86.1 per cent

PR Newswire

CALGARY, April 3, 2013

Airline achieves record load factor in first quarter of 2013

CALGARY, April  3, 2013  /PRNewswire/  - WestJet  today announced  March  2013 
traffic results with a load factor  of 86.1 per cent. Revenue passenger  miles 
(RPMs), or  traffic, increased  8.2 per  cent year  over year,  and  capacity, 
measured in available seat miles (ASMs), was 8.4 per cent higher over the same
period. The  airline  flew  1.6  million guests  in  March,  a  year-over-year 
increase of 6.7 per cent or approximately 101,100 additional guests.

"I am pleased to report a record  first quarter load factor of 84.3 per  cent, 
up from last year's record of 83.0 per cent, and our third strongest March  in 
WestJet history. Our airline partnership  strategy continues to contribute  to 
our traffic and in March we added Air France as our ninth code-share partner,"
said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "The market continues to absorb
our capacity and my thanks go to  our over 9,000 WestJetters for their  energy 
and efforts that make us Canada's most preferred airline."

                          March 2013 traffic results

               March 2013 March 2012    Change
Load factor       86.1%      86.2%    (0.1 pts)
ASMs (billions)   2.124      1.960      8.4%
RPMs (billions)   1.830      1.691      8.2%

               First quarter 2013 First quarter 2012  Change
Load factor           84.3%              83.0%        1.3 pts
ASMs (billions)       6.032              5.690         6.0%
RPMs (billions)       5.088              4.721         7.8%

WestJet has completed its fleet  reconfiguration program to include  increased 
legroom on 24 "Plus" seats in each of its Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft,
and beginning mid-April  2013 guests will  be able to  purchase Plus seats  at 
WestJet's airport kiosks  or on the  airline's website 24  hours before  their 
flight. In addition to increased legroom, a Plus fare will include convenience
features such as priority  security and boarding. This  is a precursor to  the 
late second-quarter rollout of WestJet's full Plus product, which includes new
flexibility and convenience features as  well as on-board amenities.  Overall, 
WestJet's Econo,  Flex and  Plus fare  products are  designed to  give  guests 
choice of a fare product that will meet their needs.

Caution regarding forward-looking statements

Certain information  set forth  in this  news release,  including  information 
regarding  the  demand  environment   and  WestJet's  Plus  product   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  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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