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.
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.