Canadian airline first to fly this route to Japan from Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario

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Published February 12, 2024 at 5:15 pm

New Air Canada route to Japan from Pearson Airport in Mississauga.
Kansai International Airport in Japan is often referred to as a "floating" airport. (Photo: Ankou 1192)

When Air Canada begins flights this June to Osaka, Japan from Pearson Airport in Mississauga, it will be the first carrier to offer that particular route to travellers.

Canada’s flagship carrier will operate three direct flights each week from Pearson to Kansai International Airport between June 17 and Oct. 25 of this year, according to the Tokyo-based Japan National Tourism Organization.

The new flights will “bridge” Pearson with Kansai International Airport, making Air Canada the only airline to offer this route, the tourism organization noted in a news release.

When that service is up and running, it will join existing nonstop flight routes from Pearson Airport to Tokyo-Haneda and Tokyo-Narita international airports, officials added.

News of the added flights from Pearson follows an earlier announcement from Air Canada that its seasonal route between Vancouver and Osaka had been bumped up to begin on May 1 instead of in mid-June.

“With Expo 2025 (World Expo) right around the corner and Osaka more within reach for Canadians than ever before, now is the perfect time to discover western Japan’s playful metropolis and the vivid culture, eclectic cuisine and rich cultural heritage that the greater Kansai region is known for,” the Japan National Tourism Organization said in its news release.

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Osaka, the third-most populous city in Japan, is located to the southwest of Tokyo, the nation’s most populous urban centre.

Kansai International Airport is the primary airport of the Greater Osaka Area and is situated on an artificial island, prompting many to refer to it as the “floating airport.”

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