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WestJet commends B.C. government on fuel tax leadership

Airline recognizes government for eliminating provincial aviation fuel tax

CALGARY, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet today applauded the move by the Government of British Columbia to eliminate the provincial aviation fuel tax on international flights, effective April 1.

"WestJet congratulates and thanks Premier Clark and her government for its leadership in this critical area," said Gregg Saretsky, President and CEO of WestJet. "The decision to remove this tax represents a clear commitment to support the growth and job creation that aviation brings to the economy of British Columbia. At a time when fees and taxes associated with air travel continue to impact the industry's competitiveness, we encourage other governments in Canada who have yet to act on this important issue to introduce similar measures to reduce or eliminate fees and taxes."

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