On 1 May, Vancouver Airport celebrated with this impressive cake the inaugural flight of Air Canada rouge to Osaka Kansai, a sector served four times weekly, which will see a frequency increase to five times weekly starting on 26 May.
- Air Canada rouge, the new venture leisure airline from Air Canada that was launched in July 2013, introduced two new routes on 1 May. Interestingly, the airline commenced four weekly flights from Vancouver (YVR) to Osaka Kansai (KIX), using its 280-seat 767-300s; however the service will see a frequency increase to five times weekly starting on 26 May. This sector (currently not served by any other airline) was previously operated by Air Canada until October 2008. On the same day, Air Canada’s latest leisure brand (remember Tango and Zip?) also commenced six weekly departures on the 3,743-kilometre route between Calgary (YYC) and Halifax (YHZ), using its 136-seat A319s. The airline will face direct competition on this route from WestJet’s 13 times weekly flights. Commenting on the Japanese route, Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport, said: “Just in time for our busy summer travel season, we are thrilled that Air Canada rouge has chosen Vancouver to expand their international route network with non-stop flights to Osaka Kansai. At Vancouver, we pride ourselves on being the North American gateway to the Asia-Pacific region and this new service reinforces that and further strengthens our air connections to Asia.”