All Nippon Airways starts flying out of Vancouver International Airport in March
Vancouver residents planning a trip to Japan now have a new option. All Nippon Airways will make its first flight to Canada on March 30, 2014.
That's when the Tokyo-based airline will begin offering daily non-stop service between Vancouver International Airport and Tokyo Haneda Airport. According to a news release from the Vancouver Airport Authority, ANA will use Boeing 767-300 airplanes with capacity for 214 passengers. Flights will arrive at YVR at 2:55 p.m. and depart at 4:55 p.m.
“We are very pleased to announce the launch of long-haul international services from Tokyo to Vancouver,” Osamu Shinobe, president and CEO of ANA, said in the release. “Vancouver will be the first destination in Canada for ANA, and we are confident that passenger demand will be high, not only in Japan but in other Asian cities."
The airport authority says the ANA flights will up YVR’s capacity to Tokyo by 30 percent. It projects the daily service will lead to the creation of 356 jobs at YVR and in the area.
“This new service will offer B.C. businesses more options to reach customers in central Tokyo, but also throughout Japan and Asia thanks to ANA’s strong domestic and international networks,” Craig Richmond, president and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority, said in the release. “ANA’s decision to fly to YVR further strengthens our position as North America’s gateway of choice to the Asia-Pacific region.”
Haneda is the second busiest airport in Asia and one of two major airports serving the Tokyo area (Narita is the other one). ANA is a member of the Star Alliance.