The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has approved a request from WestJet to operate scheduled international service between Canada and Japan, PAX has learned.
As per a determination notice posted on Nov. 30, 2022, the CTA noted that it is satisfied that WestJet, in accordance with the Air Transport Agreement, meets “all the applicable requirements” for operating the service, which would expand the carrier’s global reach quite significantly.
The CTA also found that the terms and conditions of the arrangement have been complied with.
Accordingly, the CTA has issued WestJet a Japan licence, which is subject to conditions within Canada’s Air Transportation Regulations.
Some conditions apply, such as WestJet being authorized to operate scheduled flights on routes as set out in the arrangement, which has not yet been made public.
The scheduled service is also to be conducted in accordance with all other applicable arrangements between Canada and Japan, the CTA said.
The update comes after WestJet announced an enhancement to its codeshare agreement with Japan Airlines, enabling the airline's "WS" code on Japan Airlines (JAL) operated flights between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Narita International Airport (NRT) in Tokyo, Japan.
This development, which offers optimized connecting times, expands on a long-standing codeshare agreement between the two airlines, which has been in place since 2011.
Japan reopened to mass tourism in October, ending nearly two and a half years of strict border rules on who could enter the East Asia country and under what circumstances.
This is a developing story. PAX has reached out to WestJet for comment.