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Press release from CNW Group

WestJet to serve Fort St. John, B.C.

Monday, February 11, 2013

WestJet to serve Fort St. John, B.C.11:00 EST Monday, February 11, 2013Airline launches new non-stop service to the heart of the Peace CountryCALGARY, Feb. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced the launch of new non-stop daily service between Fort St. John, British Columbia and Vancouver, and Fort St. John and Calgary. The service will be operated by WestJet Encore's fleet of Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft."The announcement of the first two cities to be served by WestJet Encore is an historic moment for our new airline," said Ferio Pugliese, Executive Vice-President, WestJet, and President, WestJet Encore. "As Canada's low-fare leader, we look forward to introducing our award-winning guest experience to Canadians in smaller communities while connecting to our network of 85 destinations in 18 countries.""We are very pleased to bring our new WestJet Encore service to the Energetic City," said Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network and Schedule Planning. "The diverse nature of the region's economic base of oil, natural gas, forestry and agriculture creates a strong foundation for this new service. We believe the Peace Country will appreciate our unique blend of high value, low fares and remarkable guest experience.""Fort St. John is British Columbia's Energy Capital and the regional service centre for all of northeast BC," said Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman. "This announcement is another key indication of the vibrant and healthy investment environment in Fort St John.  We are thrilled to have more choices when it comes to air services and new connections to strategic cities in Western Canada, and are very proud that WestJet Encore sees our potential for great opportunity."Details of the new daily service between Calgary, Fort St. John and Vancouver are:FlightDepartingArrivingEffective3101Calgary at 4 p.m.Fort St. John at 4:39 p.m.June 24, 20133103Fort St. John at 5:10 p.m.Vancouver at 6:55 p.m.June 24, 20133102Vancouver at 8:15 a.m.Fort St. John at 9:59 a.m.June 25, 20133100Fort St. John at 10:30 a.m.Calgary at 1 p.m.June 25, 2013Introductory one-way fares are:DepartingArrivingAir transportationcharges (ATC)Taxes,fees & chargesTotal one-way price fromBasefare fromOther ATCCalgaryFort St. John$109$18$45.33$172.33*CADFort St. JohnVancouver$109$18$43.37$170.37*CADVancouverFort St. John$109$18$28.81$155.81*CADFort St. JohnCalgary$109$18$43.37$170.37*CAD*Some restrictions apply.  Please see westjet.com for full detailsWestJet Encore will take delivery of its first two Canadian-built, 78-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft in June 2013 and add five more by the end of the year. WestJet has firm orders for a total of 20 Q400s and options for an additional 25 over the next six years.WestJet is committed to the communities it serves through its community investment programs, WestJetters Caring for our Community and WestJet Cares for Kids. Today in Fort St. John, WestJet will recognize Kara A., a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer, for her tireless efforts on behalf of the agency and her community. Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of WestJet's six national charitable partners dedicated to the health and wellness of children.Special WestJet Rewards offerJoin WestJet Rewards and book a flight originating from either Fort St. John or Nanaimo by February 28, 2013, for travel until October 26, 2013, and you'll receive a bonus of $25 WestJet dollars once travel is completed.* Join today at westjet.com/rewards.The fine print:*To qualify for this bonus offer, you must be a member of WestJet Rewards and book a flight originating from Fort St. John or Nanaimo by February 28, 2013, for travel until October 26, 2013. Enrolment in WestJet Rewards prior to flight date is required and your nine-digit WestJet ID must be included on the booking. Bonus will be awarded after travel is completed. This offer is valid with the purchase of a published fare of a regularly scheduled flight marketed by WestJet. WestJet Vacations' bookings and partner-marketed flights are not eligible for this offer. Please allow up to 30 days after travel is completed for the bonus to be processed to your account. Limit of one bonus per member. Bonus WestJet dollars have no cash value and are subject to current program terms and conditions. Offer is subject to change without notice. For more information on WestJet Rewards, visit westjet.com/rewards.® WestJet dollars is a registered trademark of WestJet Airlines Ltd.About WestJetWestJet 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.Connect with WestJet on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westjetFollow WestJet on Twitter at www.twitter.com/westjetSubscribe to WestJet on YouTube at www.youtube.com/westjetAbout WestJet VacationsWestJet Vacations provides guests with affordable, reliable and easy-to-book travel experiences to 52 destinations in 18 countries, including the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Leveraging WestJet's fun and friendly image, extensive network and world-class guest experience, WestJet Vacations offers guests a great flight schedule and a wide variety of hotel and resort options to create fun and affordable vacation experiences. For more information, visit www.westjetvacations.com. SOURCE: WestJetFor further information: Media contact: Media Relations, 1-888-WJ-4-NEWS (1-888-954-6397), media@westjet.com.