Canadian leisure carrier Air Transat has become the latest airline to join the Worldwide by easyJet connections platform.

Passengers travelling via Gatwick who book a flight on service will have access to a range of flight options to Canada as well as multiple destinations in Europe.

A minimum connection time of two hours and 30 minutes between flights is being claimed.

The move follows Air Transat relocating to a new dedicated area of Gatwick North Terminal, the hub of easyJet’s operations at the airport.

The agreement will enable travellers arriving at Gatwick from 78 cities in Europe and Africa to access connecting flights to Canada with Air Transat.

An additional agreement with GatwickConnects will provide easyJet passengers transferring at the airport the ability to check in their bags and pick up a boarding pass for their next flight.

EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said: “We are really pleased to welcome Air Transat to ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ and are confident their addition to Worldwide will be very popular with our customers.

“We have been delighted with the appetite of partner airports and airlines to expand Worldwide across our network and continue to broaden our focus to launch more airline partners and add connectivity to more of our biggest airports.

“Tens of millions of connecting passengers travel each year with journeys which begin or end in Europe.”

Air Transat chief operating officer Annick Guerard said: “London Gatwick has been a European mainstay for Air Transat for 30 years, with daily direct flights to Toronto as well as departures to major Canadian cities such as Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal. Moreover, it serves as one of easyJet’s main airports.

“This agreement reinforces London Gatwick’s importance for Air Transat. It makes us even more versatile, as we open up a range of possibilities to a new clientele looking to come to Canada.”