WestJet Announces Direct Service From Calgary, Canada to Tokyo


WestJet, one of Canada’s largest air carriers, announced on December 5 that it will begin offering a non-stop service from Calgary (YYC) to Tokyo (NRT) starting in Spring 2023.

Currently, only three airports in Canada (Toronto Pearson, Vancouver International, and Montréal-Trudeau International) offer non-stop service to Japan, with Calgary now rounding the number out to four. WestJet’s new non-stop service will be available from April 30, 2023, with 3 weekly services.

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WestJet’s new service offers those who live in western Canada an important direct route option to Japan, as the majority of flights go through Vancouver, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. With WestJet offering service from Calgary, travellers may be able to save some money on fares as Vancouver’s high gate fees are usually passed onto the customer, whereas Calgary’s are much more reasonable.

The same direct service route was offered by competitor Air Canada starting in March 2010, which went from summer seasonal service to year-round, but after moving back to season service, the route became discontinued along with several others as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Until this announcement, Air Canada was the only Canadian carrier flying non-stop to Japan, which gave it a monopoly in the market. With WestJet entering the market, this could lead to better fares and possibly some great deals. 

Source: WestJet

Reporting by Explorer Michael

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