Vancouver to Osaka direct flights begin today

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As of today, Vancouver International Airport has a new direct link serving one of Japan’s largest cities and most popular travel destinations.

Air Canada’s discount Rouge carrier is operating a non-stop seasonal service from YVR to Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan. Using the Boeing 767-300 aircraft, the flight will operate five times per week during the peak summer travel period from May to October.

The new service is the only non-stop flight between Kansai and a Canadian airport and adds to existing flights to Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports on Air Canada, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

Image: Westjet / Shutterstock

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Another major new flight service that began operating at YVR this year was Air France with its non-stop, three times weekly seasonal service to Paris.

New flight services, compounded by a resurgent air travel industry and growth from key travel markets, have boosted YVR’s passenger traffic figures to a record 19.36 million passengers in 2014.

Growth is expected to continue for 2015, possibly reaching 20 million passengers by the end of the year.

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