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WestJet announces new seasonal non-stop service between Ottawa and Las Vegas

CALGARY, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced the upcoming launch of a new seasonal non-stop service between Ottawa and Las Vegas. In addition to this new route, WestJet will also increase the frequency of flights from Ottawa to Cancun, Punta Cana, Montego Bay and Fort Lauderdale.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer the people of Ottawa and its surrounding area the chance to escape to another fantastic vacation destination this winter," said Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Planning. "There is a strong demand in the region for affordably priced travel and, if the success of our service from Ottawa to other sun destinations like Orlando and Tampa is any indication, our new non-stop flights to Las Vegas will be well received by travellers from the Ottawa area searching for a great guest experience at a reasonable price."

Starting December 9, 2010, guests from Ottawa and its surrounding area will be able to fly non-stop to Las Vegas twice weekly until April 28, 2011. Also starting in December, frequency from Ottawa to Cancun will increase from two to three times weekly, from Ottawa to Punta Cana will increase from once to twice weekly, from Ottawa to Montego Bay will increase from twice to three times weekly, and from Ottawa to Fort Lauderdale will increase from once to twice weekly. These frequency increases are in addition to the recently announced year-round service from Ottawa to Vancouver and Halifax.

"As the market in Ottawa-Gatineau continues to flourish, we are delighted that WestJet recognizes our community's strength by announcing new and increased service," said Paul Benoit, Ottawa Airport Authority President and CEO. "Travellers in Canada's capital region will be particularly excited about non-stop service to Las Vegas, as we know it is a destination in high demand."

Here are the details of WestJet's new seasonal service to Las Vegas from Ottawa.

    Route         Service dates     Frequency    Day       Departure/arrival
    Ottawa -      December 9, 2010,   Twice    Thursday       4:45 p.m./
    Las Vegas     to April 28, 2011   weekly   Sunday         7:04 p.m.
    Las Vegas -   December 9, 2010,   Twice    Thursday       4:15 p.m./
    Ottawa        to April 28, 2011   weekly   Sunday         11:56 p.m.

Book by August 25, 2010, to take advantage of special introductory one-way fares for travel by February 8, 2011. These are now available in each direction, on non-stop flights only, starting at $179 plus applicable taxes and fees. Fares are offered online at, through WestJet's Sales Super Centre at 1-888-WESTJET (1-888-937-8538) or through preferred travel agents.

WestJet Vacations offers customized vacation packages for most of WestJet's scheduled destinations, including three-night packages from Ottawa to Las Vegas from $669 plus applicable fees and taxes. For more information, contact your preferred travel agent, call WestJet Vacations at 1-877-737-7001 or visit

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 71-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. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 90 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 45 aircraft through 2016, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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Caution regarding forward-looking statements

Certain information set forth in this press release, including information regarding WestJet's new route schedules and the expected customer demand for such routes, contains forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. 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.

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