Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Will YYC see that elusive route to Asia soon?

Currently Calgarians have no direct way of flying to Asia, we must connect through Vancouver, Seattle etc to get to the other side of the Pacific. People living in Japan and Korea, have had direct access to YYC via summer charter flights but not vice-versa. Granted way back when (late 80's early 90's) Canadian Airlines did offer Calgary-Tokyo service briefly and if I recall correctly was only run to keep some of Canadian's landing slots in Tokyo.

Well with the new Japan-Canada bilateral agreement that was signed earlier this month the press release issued by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism states that a Canadian airline has plans to offer a once weekly summer service from Calgary to Tokyo.

It is too early to tell whether this will come to fruition but I know that the Calgary Airport Authority has been pushing hard to get direct service to Asia and if this route happens it would be a step in the right direction to landing year round daily or near daily service.

Press Release (in Japanese)
Airline Route News

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