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WestJet to launch Tokyo, Barcelona, Edinburgh flights from Calgary in 2023

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  •   12-05-2022  5:58 am
  •   Pax Global Media

WestJet to launch Tokyo, Barcelona, Edinburgh flights from Calgary in 2023
WestJet has announced Tokyo, Japan, as its first destination in Asia. (Boeing)
Pax Global Media

WestJet has announced its 2023 summer 787 Dreamliner routes from YYC Calgary International Airport, unveiling Tokyo, Japan, as its first destination in Asia with new service to Narita International Airport.

The news comes after the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), on Nov. 30, approved a request from WestJet to operate scheduled service between Canada and Japan, as PAX first reported last week.

WestJet is also creating greater two-way tourism opportunities and increasing connectivity between Western Canada and Europe with new service between Calgary and Barcelona, Spain and Edinburgh, Scotland along with increased frequencies on existing European routes.

READ MORE: CTA green lights request from WestJet to operate flights to Japan

Broader expansion within Canada and North America over the coming months is also planned, the airline said.

Positioned to connect Western Canada to the world, WestJet's 787 flying from Calgary will see the airline take flight to eight transoceanic destinations in 2023.

With 40 weekly departures strategically scheduled to maximize connecting capacity across 24 Western Canadian communities, the airline is aiming to offer more competitive options for its leisure and business guests and cargo customers .

"This is an exciting day for the WestJet Group, our guests, and partners as we deliver on our new strategy and demonstrate our western focus as we increase our Calgary capacity by more than 25 per cent in 2023. Starting with the expansion of our intercontinental routes, future announcements will focus on domestic and North American additions that will bring even more affordable travel options to our guests in the new year," said Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet Group’s CEO.

"With Calgary as home base to our 787 aircraft, access between western Canadian communities and these intercontinental destinations will play a vital role in creating an economically prosperous aviation pipeline that better connects Canadians to the world and the world to Western Canada."

Tokyo is a “natural choice” for WestJet's first destination in Asia, the airline said Monday.  

With three-time weekly seasonal service beginning, April 30, 2023, WestJet will be the only airline providing transpacific service to Asia direct from Alberta.

Details of WestJet's Service to Tokyo*

Start Date
Departure Time
Arrival Time
Calgary – Tokyo

April 30, 2023
3x Weekly
Tokyo Narita –
May 1, 2023
3x Weekly
* Pending Government Approval

Non-stop access to Scotland and Spain

WestJet's service from Calgary to both Barcelona and Edinburgh will operate seasonally from May to October, up to three-times weekly, the airline said. 

With the addition of its newest routes, WestJet will offer service to six European cities, increasing capacity by 95 per cent with flights to London Heathrow and Gatwick, Paris, Rome and Dublin.

"This is a tremendous day for WestJet, our city and for YYC Calgary International Airport. Calgarians will now have more choices when travelling abroad thanks to WestJet's major investment in flights from our airport. WestJet making Calgary its single global 787 hub and these additional route offerings demonstrates their confidence in the economic future of both Calgary and Alberta. And it reinforces the advantage of YYC Calgary International Airport's strategic position as a global connections hub," said Bob Sartor, president and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority. 

WestJet's Summer 787 Service to Europe

Start Date
Peak Frequency
Calgary – Barcelona
May 6, 2023
3x Weekly
Calgary – Edinburgh
May 17, 2023
3x Weekly
Calgary – London Heathrow
Continued from Winter
7x Weekly
Calgary – London Gatwick
April 30, 2023
7x Weekly
Calgary – Paris
Continued from Winter
7x Weekly
Calgary – Rome
April 6, 2023
5x Weekly
Calgary – Dublin
April 30, 2023
5x Weekly