Direct flights from Manchester Airport to Canada will resume for the first time since the start of the pandemic next Wednesday (20th October), after Air Transat confirmed plans to reintroduce its Toronto service. The weekly flights will operate from Terminal One at the Northern hub.

The recovery of Manchester’s connection to Canada follows the reinstatement of direct services to destinations such as Singapore and Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, and is expected to further bolster the North’s economic recovery. Canada is one of the UK’s largest trading partners outside Europe, with total trade between the two countries at £20.9 billion in the 12 months to June 20211, and Toronto is Canada’s financial capital.

In an additional boost, TUI is set to begin flights to a range of winter sun destinations this month, all flying from the new-look Terminal Two, which opened in July. Passengers will be able to fly with the package holiday provider to Cancun (Mexico), Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) and Montego Bay (Jamaica) from this Sunday (17th October). Hurghada, also in Egypt, resumes on 18th October and Cape Verde flights start to Sal on 24th October plus Boa Vista on 25th October.

Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus launches its first UK transatlantic base in Manchester on Wednesday next week, with a direct route to Barbados. Further Aer Lingus routes to the US are planned for this year. Manchester to New York, JFK will commence on 1st December and Orlando from 11th December.

The airline’s new direct transatlantic routes will operate from Terminal Two, whereas its established routes to Ireland will continue to operate from Terminal One. This means that if passengers are travelling to the US with a transfer in Dublin, rather than flying directly, they will need to go to Terminal One. Passengers are advised to check which terminal they are flying from before arrival at the airport.


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