Air Canada expects rise in travel demand in Asia by end of 2023

According to a top regional executive at Air Canada (AC.TO), demand for flights between Canada and the Asia-Pacific area is expected to rebound to reach pre-pandemic levels by December next year.

According to Kiyo Weiss, the airline’s Asia-Pacific sales director, the flights between Canada and the Asia-Pacific are now operating at 30% of their 2019 capacity, but that capacity is projected to treble by the end of December.

She also revealed that the airline is exploring launching flights to a new location in Asia-Pacific in the near future to meet pent-up demand for leisure travel.

“We’ll probably make a choice within a month or two,” Weiss remarked, without elaborating.

As the region recovers from the COVID-19 epidemic, Canada’s largest carrier is looking to expand its footprint in the region to fulfill increasing demand, notably from Southeast Asian countries.

The airline restarted direct flights between Montreal and Tokyo’s Narita airport on Saturday, which had been canceled because of the pandemic.

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