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WestJet announces new routes to Japan and Europe

To the point Beginning in the spring of 2023, WestJet will offer new routes to Japan and Europe, and will increase the frequency of other European routes from Calgary airport.

The increase in this offer is for Calgary YYC airport only. New routes will be established from Calgary to Tokyo, Barcelona and Edinburgh. In addition, the frequency of flights to Dublin, London, Paris and Rome will increase. Here are the details.

Route details

This is exciting news for Western Canada as, as of April 30, 2023, WestJet will be the only airline to offer service to Asia directly from Alberta with its Calgary-Tokyo route.

As for Europe, WestJet plans to increase its services, especially during the summer. The new routes from Calgary to Barcelona and Edinburgh will run from May to October, while service to other European cities will be increased.

Here’s a breakdown of what these changes will look like:

Route Start Date Frequency
Calgary – Tokyo Narita April 30, 2023 3x/week
Calgary – Barcelona May 6, 2023 3x/week
Calgary – Edinburgh May 17, 2023 3x/week
Calgary – London Heathrow Continuity of the winter season 7x/week
Calgary – London Gatwick April 30, 2023 7x/week
Calgary – Paris Continuity of the winter season 7x/week
Calgary – Rome April 6, 2023 5x/week
Calgary – Dublin April 30, 2023 5x/week
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Flights to Japan

We did a price simulation with the newly announced flights from Calgary to Tokyo. Several flights are available for less than $700 in May, so it is possible to get a Calgary-Tokyo round trip for less than $1400 in economy class.

Westjet Aller Tokyo Prix

You can reduce the cost of these flights with the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard, which offers a welcome bonus of $450 WestJet dollars. Here’s an example of how you can use these WestJet dollars to lower your airfare.

WestJet one way Tokyo economy

Of course, these routes will be especially beneficial for those who wish to travel to Japan in one direct flight from Calgary.

Flights to Europe

The increased availability of flights to Europe is good news for Canadians in general, even if it is only for flights from Calgary. It’s sometimes easier to find very affordable prices to Europe when you don’t absolutely need to fly direct. For example, my flight from Montreal to Dublin in September 2022 cost only $298, with a layover in Toronto on WestJet.

So having more flight options can often help us, directly or indirectly, to find better prices.

Bottom line

The announcement of these new WestJet routes is part of WestJet’s service expansion that will continue to be announced in the coming months. These new routes will make it easier for Calgarians and Albertans to travel to Japan and major European cities.

If you travel frequently with WestJet, take the opportunity to earn WestJet dollars with the WestJet RBC MasterCard and WestJet World Elite MasterCard, and enrol in the WestJet Rewards loyalty program.

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Travelling is a way of life for Marie-Ève, who spends almost six months a year abroad. She's always looking for waves to surf, great coffee and the best strategies to travel longer. You'll probably find her in a coworking space with other digital nomads, or by the sea watching the sunsets.

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