Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea will launch flights between London and the French city of Strasbourg.

The airline will offer a twice-weekly (Thursday and Sunday) service from 9 November, operating throughout the winter season with plans to continue the route into summer 2024.

Volotea was founded in 2011 by former Vueling executives Carlos Munoz and Lazaro Ros.

It currently serves around 100 airports with its fleet of 41 A319 and A320 aircraft, but Gatwick represents the carrier’s first regular UK route.

Strasbourg is situated in the Alsace region of France close to the border with Germany, and is the official seat of the European Parliament.

There are currently no nonstop flights to the city from UK – easyJet has previously served Strasbourg from London.

Commenting on the news Gabriel Schmilovich, chief strategy officer, Volotea said:

“At Volotea, we are committed to opening new routes that provide convenient travel options at competitive prices for our valued customers.

“We are particularly excited about this route as it marks our first regular connection to the UK, and we are proud to have London Gatwick as our partner on this journey.

“We are confident this new route will meet customer demands and serve as a stepping stone for potential future connections to Britain.”