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WestJet supports government's announcement to make travel to the U.S. faster and more convenient

CALGARY, Dec. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - WestJet today welcomed news from the federal government that travelling to the United States by air will soon become easier for Canadian travellers. The announcement, made today as part of the prime minister's recently announced Beyond the Border initiative, will soon provide the opportunity for Canadian travellers to the U.S. with valid NEXUS cards to access dedicated screening lines through security. In the future, travellers will also benefit from the elimination of duplicate baggage screening when connecting through U.S. airports.

"Both of these initiatives will ultimately improve efficiencies for Canadian travellers," said Cam Kenyon, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Operations. "As more and more people take to the skies, we fully support public policy initiatives that allow our guests to travel with ease. We only have to look at the record number of guests travelling today to see how much the travelling public and the economy will benefit from improvements to how we move people through airports.

"We are encouraging our guests who travel frequently to the United States to apply for a NEXUS card," concluded Cam Kenyon. "It has proven to be a very efficient and welcomed addition for our guests."

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WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 70-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. Named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion, WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 97 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 38 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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