Air Canada is to resume its nonstop Toronto-Manchester route for the first time since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The five-times-weekly seasonal service will operate between June 1 and September 30, using a three-class A330-300 aircraft.

The route was last served by the airline’s Air Canada Rouge subsidiary in 2019.

Flight AC808 will depart Toronto at 2100 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving into Manchester at 0900 the following day, with the return leg AC809 leaving the UK at 1215 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, landing back into Toronto at 1455.

The Manchester-Toronto route is also served by leisure-focused Canadian carrier Air Transat.

The move follows Air Canada’s recent announcement of the resumption of seasonal flights between Edinburgh and Toronto this summer.

Air Canada to resume Edinburgh-Toronto route

Air Canada also currently operates flights between Heathrow and Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary, as well as between Dublin and Toronto.

Commenting on the news Ian Costigan, interim managing director at Manchester airport, said:

“We are thrilled to see Air Canada return to Manchester airport as we play our part in reconnecting our region with the world. The service to Toronto is fantastic news for companies large and small across the North who do business with Canada, and also for tourism and those visiting friends and family.

“It is also great to see the carrier return with its mainline service, offering a high-quality product with both business and premium economy classes.”