Passengers will be able to fly from London Gatwick to six destinations in Canada this summer, with a total of 50 flights per week.

The airport will see both new and returning routes to Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver and Halifax, joining its existing services to Toronto and Calgary.

Air Transat launched its once-weekly service to Quebec City yesterday, marking the first ever direct scheduled service from the UK to the eastern Canadian city.

The airline also plans to increase its three-times-weekly service to Montreal to daily next month, while its daily service to Toronto will increase to two flights per day from late June.

Meanwhile Westjet’s daily service to Toronto is increasing to nine flights per week from mid-June. The airline also operates six flights a week to Vancouver, with one flight a day from mid-June, and four flights a week to Halifax, increasing to daily from mid-July.

The airline’s three-times-weekly service to Calgary will also increase to five services per week from mid-June.

Stephanie Wear, VP of aviation development, Gatwick Airport said:

“With so many people in the UK having close connections with Canada, we are delighted to be able to offer Gatwick passengers such easy and widespread access to fantastic destinations across the country.

“From the spectacular landscapes of the Rockies and Nova Scotia, to vibrant cities with an array of wonderful sights, it’s really exciting to have so many more opportunities to visit Canada from Gatwick. It’s also great news for those wishing to see family and friends, or conduct business across the Atlantic.”

Marsha Walden, president and CEO of Destination Canada, added:

“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.” ; ;