The shortest long-haul route from Manchester airport is being launched this summer by Canadian carrier WestJet.

The service to Halifax in Nova Scotia are being hailed as the airport’s quickest ever transatlantic route.

The outbound flights to the Canadian gateway will take just more than six hours and five hours on the return.

The summer-only route will be flown by two-class Boeing 737-700 aircraft four times a week from June 5 with morning departures scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Flights will provide 75 onward connections to Canadian cities including St John’s, Sydney, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.

Canada is already served from Manchester with routes to Toronto and Vancouver with other airlines.

Airport chief executive Andrew Cowan said: “This will be the fifth long haul route to launch at Manchester airport in 2020, underlining the role we play in giving people and businesses across the north direct access to key tourist destinations and economic hubs.

“North America is a hugely popular market for the 22 million people living and working in our catchment area and I am sure this service to Halifax will be welcomed by leisure and business passengers alike.

WestJet chief strategy officer Charles Duncan added: “WestJet is continuing to invest in our Atlantic gateway, and is now connecting Nova Scotia to Manchester, the global gateway to northern England.

“This new route connects the UK, Nova Scotia’s largest in-bound tourism market, to new sources of tourists and will forge additional and stronger economic, business and leisure ties between Halifax and Manchester.”