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New Route of the Day – Americas (13 March 2024): ZIPAIR between Tokyo NRT and Vancouver


ZIPAIR (IATA code ZG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan Airlines, entered the Canadian market with the introduction of flights between Tokyo NRT and Vancouver on Wednesday 13 March. The long-haul LCC will initially maintain the 7,520-kilometre service 3-weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, with the 290-seat 787-8 aircraft. Services will increase to 5-weekly from 23 July, with additional rotations added on Tuesdays and Fridays. The carrier will compete directly against Air Canada’s daily service on the route and complement its parent company’s Japan Airlines daily flights between the two cities.

Flight ZG21 departs Tokyo NRT at 16:00 local time, arriving in Vancouver at 08:30 local time. The return flight, operating as ZG22, takes off from Canada’s third-largest city at 10:30 local time, touching back down in the Japanese capital at 13:00 local time the following day.

What they said

Shingo Nishida, President of ZIPAIR, said: “There is growing demand among those seeking to travel between Vancouver and Tokyo. We sincerely look forward to welcoming customers in Canada to take advantage of our service, as this route will provide a valuable link for commercial and cultural exchange between the two countries.”

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Vancouver becomes ZIPAIR’s fourth North America destination

The addition of Vancouver to its portfolio of destinations brings the carrier’s total network to six countries and nine routes, with North American services now comprising four destinations with 21-weekly flights, increasing to 23-weekly from July. The carrier also maintains services to Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco in North America.

Vancouver is the first city in Canada to be served by ZIPAIR. The number of Japanese residents in the Vancouver metropolitan area stands at 28,305, making it the highest in Canada and the eighth highest in the world among metropolitan areas.

The number of Canadian tourists visiting Japan in 2023 rose 17% on the pre-pandemic 2019 to over 40,000.

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