Air Transat to resume Manchester-Toronto service

Canadian carrier Air Transat has confirmed it will resume flights from Manchester to Toronto next week.

The weekly flights will operate from Terminal One at the northern hub from October 20.

The resumption of Manchester’s connection to Canada follows the reinstatement of direct services to destinations such as Singapore and Saudi Arabia in recent weeks.

Furthermore, Tui will begin flights to a range of winter sun destinations this month, flying from the new-look Terminal Two, which opened in July.

Passengers will be able to fly with Tui to Cancun, Sharm el Sheikh and Montego Bay from Sunday (October 17). Hurghada services resume on October 18 and Cape Verde flights start on October 24.

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Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus launches its first UK transatlantic base in Manchester on October 20, with a direct route to Barbados.

Manchester to New York, JFK airport will commence on December 1 and Orlando from December 11.

The new direct transatlantic routes will operate from Terminal Two, while Aer Lingus’ established routes to Ireland will continue to operate from Terminal One.

Karen Smart, managing director of the airport, said: “The Air Transat service is fantastic news for travellers from the north who want to enjoy city breaks to Toronto, and use it as an entry point to explore other parts of Canada.

“Likewise, it is brilliant to see Tui providing a range of options to customers seeking some winter sun, and Aer Lingus serving transatlantic passengers directly from the UK for the first time, from our airport.

“The simplification of the UK’s system for international travel, combined with the red list being substantially reduced, is without a doubt the catalyst for this.

“We hope to see further progress made by the UK government in the coming weeks on removing the remaining restrictions on travel, as increased vaccine take-up and falling case rates will soon render them unnecessary.

“We are also keen to see the US government provide clarity on when it will lift restrictions for fully-vaccinated UK travellers, to reconnect families and give further impetus to both nations’ recovery.”

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