WestJet tackles Japan
The route between Calgary and Tokyo will be WestJet's first presence in Asia.< /p>
Air carrier WestJet is adding a direct connection between Calgary and Tokyo starting next spring and is strengthening its offer to Europe from the Alberta metropolis.
As of April 30, three flights per week will link Calgary International Airport with Narita International Airport, Tokyo, Japan.
According to WestJet Chairman and CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech, the carrier expects solid demand from this Asian country.
Offering three flights a week allows us to test the market and if it works well we can increase flights, he said.
The The new route should mainly benefit Alberta's economy, according to the CEO, since there are more travelers from Japan visiting Canada than the other way around.
WestJet is also adding routes to Barcelona, Spain and Edinburgh, Scotland from Calgary. These flights previously existed from other Canadian airports, but the carrier has decided to refocus its activities in the Alberta metropolis.
Daily flights will also be offered to Paris and London and five weekly flights to Rome and Dublin.
These new routes will allow the carrier to increase its presence in Calgary by 25% the next year, with the goal of doubling it over the next decade.
Although the carrier as well as its competitors have faced numerous complaints from travelers, the CEO ensures that the situation has improved.
I think we are doing quite well compared to before, and we continue to improve our services, said Alexis von Hoensbroech.
The announcement has been greatly appreciated by Alberta's business community, particularly tourism. Before the pandemic, this industry had reached a value of $10 billion, 25% of which came from foreign visitors, according to Travel Alberta.
Japan, Britain and France have always been important markets with travelers who spend more on average than others, explains David Goldstein, CEO of Travel Alberta.
The government agency is also planning missions in these three countries at the beginning of 2023, in particular to promote Aboriginal tourism in the province.