Canadian airline WestJet has announced new daily flights from Glasgow to Halifax will launch next year.
The new route will be the carrier’s first in the UK and will run each day to Nova Scotia from 30 May to 24 October 2015.
The journey time will be five hours 15 minutes and will be on a Boeing NG737-700 with 136 seats.
WestJet launched its first transatlantic service from Dublin this year.
Passengers will also be able to connect to destinations including Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and 16 other cities.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport said: “This is fantastic news for Glasgow Airport and for Scotland. WestJet is an ambitious airline with an extensive route network and we’re delighted it has chosen Glasgow as its first ever UK destination. Scotland has always enjoyed a close relationship with Canada and not only will the daily service to Halifax provide our customers with greater choice, it will further strengthen our long haul connectivity.”
Canada is Glasgow’s second largest international market, welcoming 37,000 Canadians every year.
Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland said: “Canada and Nova Scotia in particular represent an exciting diaspora stronghold and a fantastic opportunity for Scottish tourism. Some 4.7 million Canadians have Scottish ancestry, with 24% of them wanting to visit Scotland in search of those roots. The new WestJet route from Halifax to Glasgow presents a sizeable opportunity for the tourism industry in Scotland to tap into an ancestral market worth up to £450 million over the next five years.”