A new British Airways Gatwick to Toronto route is set to take off next week.

The airline’s first service to Canada from Gatwick will run three times a week in the summer with fares starting at £446 return.

Newly revamped Boeing 777s are due to be phased in on the route with new premium economy and economy seats.

The majority BA’s Gatwick long-haul fleet is due to be refreshed by the end of winter 2018 with the remaining aircraft completed by summer 2019.

“As the number of aircraft with the new cabins increases, the number of times these aircraft operate on the Toronto route will also rise,” BA said.

The aircraft will feature an in-flight Panasonic entertainment system updated with larger HD screens with USB sockets available at every seat.

The addition of the Toronto route follows the introduction of three flights a week from Gatwick to Las Vegas on March 27.

The airline has increased the number of routes it serves by more than 50% from 48 in 2012 to 74.

BA network and alliances director Sean Doyle said: “It’s exciting to be adding another new destination to our Gatwick schedule which will appeal to business and leisure travellers.

”It’s the latest development in an exciting time for our Gatwick operation.

“The roll out of aircraft with refreshed interiors will further improve the quality service we offer, while the larger World Traveller Plus cabin will give customers even more choice on how they want to travel.”

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