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WestJet inaugurates service to Mesa, Arizona

With the arrival of flight 1518 today, WestJet officially inaugurates the start of service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport from Calgary. Inaugural service from Edmonton begins January 21.

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WestJet inaugurates service to Mesa, Arizona

Very popular sun destination

"WestJet is providing our guests in Calgary and Edmonton even more options when travelling to this very popular sun destination,"

said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning.

"The Phoenix-Mesa market is very robust and WestJet continues to add new service to meet demand. These new non-stop flights connect Albertans to a highly desirable leisure market and offer convenience to those looking to fly directly into Mesa. We are proud to have Mesa as our 28th U.S. destination."

Tourism is a vital part of our economy

"Tourism is a vital part of our economy, and the Greater Phoenix area is home to hundreds of businesses that trade goods and services with Canada,"

said Mesa Mayor John Giles, Chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority.

"Having direct international service to Calgary and Edmonton opens the door for additional economic opportunities for the Valley. In addition, these new flights offer the community easy access to Alberta's tourism industry including some of the best skiing in North America. WestJet is known for their exceptional customer service and they are a perfect complement to the Just Plane Easy experience at Gateway Airport."

Service between Calgary and Phoenix-Mesa will operate three times weekly and Edmonton and Phoenix-Mesa will operate once weekly through April 29, 2017.

This winter, the airline has a total of 60 weekly flights to Arizona including a recently added second flight on Tuesdays from Edmonton to Phoenix. Edmonton now has a total of 12 weekly flights to Arizona while Calgary has a total of 22.

Flights will be operated on WestJet's Boeing 737 aircraft featuring the enhanced Plus product and WestJet Connect, WestJet's inflight entertainment system accessed directly through smartphones, tablets or computers. Almost 75 per cent of WestJet's Boeing fleet is now equipped with WestJet Connect.

All flights allow WestJet Rewards members the opportunity to earn WestJet dollars to be used towards the payment of a WestJet-marketed flight or a WestJet Vacations package (excluding taxes, fees and charges).

Details of WestJet's new non-stop service to Mesa, Arizona:

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About WestJet

We are proud to be Canada's most trusted airline, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers.

WestJet, and our regional airline, WestJet Encore, offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries.

Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest.

Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes:

2016 Canada's Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)2016 Canada's most reputable company for Corporate Social Responsibility (Reputation Institute)2016/2015/2014/2013/2012 Ranked top three for Canadian Brands (Canadian Business Magazine)2016/2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (MoneySense magazine)
2015/2011/2010/2008/2007/2006/2005 Canada's Most Admired Corporate Culture (Waterstone Human Capital)
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)

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