Air Canada sees Asian travel demand rebound by end of 2023, executive says

An Air Canada plane flies over the city after departing from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

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TOKYO, June 4 (Reuters) – Air Canada (AC.TO) expects demand for flights between Canada and Asia-Pacific to return to near pre-pandemic levels by next December, a senior regional leader said on Saturday.

Currently, routes between Canada and Asia-Pacific are operating at 30% of 2019 capacity, but capacity is expected to double by the end of December, said Kiyo Weiss, airline sales manager for the Asia Pacific.

The airline is also considering adding flights to a new destination in Asia-Pacific in the near future to meet pent-up demand for leisure travel, she said.

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“We’ll probably make a decision within a month or so,” Weiss said, without providing further details.

Canada’s largest carrier is looking to increase its presence in the region to meet strong demand, particularly from Southeast Asian countries, as the region recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airline resumed direct flights between Montreal and Tokyo’s Narita Airport on Saturday which had been disrupted by the pandemic.

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Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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