Air Canada Rouge is to add a new summer seasonal route between Gatwick and Vancouver.

The Air Canada subsidiary will launch a three times-weekly service on June 8, 2017, using a two-class B767-300ER aircraft featuring economy and premium cabins.

Flights will depart Gatwick at 1200 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving into Vancouver at 1410, with the return leg leaving the Canadian city at 1645 and landing back into London at 1025 the following day.

The new route means Air Canada will be the only airline to offer flights from both Heathrow and Gatwick to Vancouver next summer.

Air Canada Rouge will also launch summer seasonal flights between Frankfurt and Vancouver on June 2 next year.

Commenting on the news Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President, Passenger Airlines said:

“Air Canada continues to strategically increase its European flights at YVR with seasonal daily flights to Frankfurt next summer and three times weekly flights to London Gatwick.

“The addition of our flights to Frankfurt, one of Europe’s most important hubs, offers customers a wide array of convenient choices and the ease of one-stop connections with our Star Alliance partner Lufthansa when travelling to southern, central and eastern Europe as well as Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

The new Gatwick-Vancouver route adds to Air Canada Rouge’s seasonal Gatwick-Toronto service which was launched earlier this year.

Low-cost carrier Westjet also operates seasonally on the Gatwick-Vancouver route, as does Air Transat, while British Airways flies between Heathrow and Vancouver.