Air Transat has resumed flights from the UK, with a Gatwick-Toronto service beginning on Thursday (September 16).
The Canadian carrier will initially be flying three times a week from Gatwick to Toronto, from where passengers can connect to other major cities.
It will also restart Manchester-Toronto services earlier than planned on October 20, thanks to “strong demand”.
Direct flights from Glasgow to Toronto are set to resume on December 16.
Annick Guérard, president and chief executive of Transat, said: “Now that Canada has opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign nationals, we are thrilled to finally welcome back travellers from the UK and allow them to reconnect with the Great White North through our world-renowned travel experience.”
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick chief executive, added: “Pre-Covid, Toronto was among our top four long-haul destinations, so we know demand is there and it is great news that we are able to offer passengers more opportunity to travel to this fantastic city.”
Passengers from the UK will fly on the new Airbus A321neoLR.
Return economy class fares from Gatwick to Toronto start at £287, based on selected dates in October and November.