Air Canada is to introduce a second route from Gatwick with a service to Vancouver set to operate for summer 2017.

The Star Alliance member will introduce the Gatwick-Vancouver service, through its leisure-orientated Air Canada Rouge brand, from June 8, 2017. The seasonal service will operate three times per week using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

Air Canada currently flies daily from Gatwick to Toronto but this will be reduced to four per weekly when the Vancouver route starts next summer.

The airline is also to resume flights from Vancouver to Frankfurt starting on June 1, 2017, with a daily service using a Boeing 787-8 aircraft for the summer season. Air Canada last operated this route in the summer of 1998.

Benjamin Smith, Air Canada’s president, passenger airlines, said: “Air Canada continues to strategically increase its European flights at Vancouver with seasonal daily flights to Frankfurt next summer and three times weekly flights to Gatwick.

“We will be the only airline flying non-stop between Vancouver and the two largest airports in the London metropolitan region during the peak summer travel period with the addition of Gatwick.”

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