Passengers travelling from London’s Gatwick International Airport can now choose from 50 flights per week to six destinations across Canada. The existing routes to Toronto and Calgary are joined by new and returning routes to Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver, and Halifax.
Passengers can now book on 50 flights per week to six destinations across Canada this summer.
Air Transat will be offering daily flights to Montreal, starting in June and will offer a once-a-week service to Quebec City, the first time the UK has benefitted from a direct scheduled service to province’s capital city.
Air Transat has also increased the number of flights to Toronto, complementing the daily operation WestJet operates to Canada’s most populous city.
Later this year, WestJet will increase the number of flights it offers to Vancouver, Calgary, and Halifax, the provincial capital of Nova Scotia.
Marsha Walden, President & CEO, Destination Canada, said, “Destination Canada is delighted to see the launch of so many routes to Canada from London Gatwick, including the first-ever direct connection to Quebec City with Air Transat.
“Re-establishing air routes into Canada is critical to rebuilding our industry and driving revenue back into tourism businesses across our vast country. These flights mean Canada’s iconic experiences are even more accessible to British holidaymakers looking to take in our wide open spaces, nature, wildlife, adventure and return feeling fully rejuvenated. What is particularly encouraging is that demand for the summer months is looking strong and our industry is ready to welcome guests back with open hearts.”
According to data from Destination Canada, more than 900,000 tourists travelled to Canada from the UK in 2019, making the UK Canada’s largest long-haul market. Meanwhile, data from Visit Britain shows 850,000 Canadians visited the UK in 2018.
Destination Canada research also shows Vancouver is the most sought-after place in the country for potential UK visitors to go on holiday, followed by Toronto, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Quebec City.
Air Transat has launched new direct flights between Montreal and Amsterdam. Flights will operate three times per week, and are scheduled until mid-October in accordance with the high travel season.
WestJet also announced a direct flight between Calgary International Airport and Rome-Fiumicino International Airport is scheduled to operate until November 4, 2022
Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second largest airport, is located near Crawley, 29.5 miles south of Central London.