Canadian carrier WestJet is to launch flights from Calgary to Tokyo Narita next summer, marking its first destination in Asia.

The airline is also adding new flights to Barcelona and Edinburgh as part of a wider expansion of its long-haul network from Calgary. It will operate Boeing 787s on all three routes.

WestJet Boeing 787

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WestJet will begin a thrice-weekly seasonal service from Calgary to Tokyo Narita from 30 April. It comes after WestJet recently enhanced its codeshare with Japan Airlines to cover the latter’s service linking Tokyo Narita with Vancouver.

The airline will also operate Barcelona and Edinburgh on a seasonal basis, serving the cities up to three times weekly between May and October. WestJet already serves the two cities from Toronto.

WestJet says the new summer routes will join its existing flights from Calgary to Dublin, London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports, Paris and Rome. The airline does not mention Amsterdam in the list of destinations, a service it resumed from Calgary last month.

WestJet Group chief executive Alexis von Hoesnbroech says the new routes form part of moves to lift its Calgary capacity by a quarter over this year. 

“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,” he says.