A new direct flight from Gatwick to the Faroe Islands is to take off this summer.

Faroese national carrier Atlantic Airways is to re-establish the service to the remote island nation for the first time since 2014 when flights from Stansted last operated.

The weekly service to Vagar airport in the Faroe Islands will be introduced from June 23 with tickets available from Wednesday (February 26).

The schedule will run until August 11 and will be in addition to daily connections via Denmark and a twice-weekly service from Edinburgh.

The Faroe Islands will see the opening of a new independent four-star hotel, Hotel Brandan, in its capital of Tórshavn, with the islands’ first international hotel brand – Hilton Garden Inn – set to open in July.

Visit Faro Islands director Guðrið Højgaard said: “We’re really pleased to hear that Atlantic Airways will be starting to fly directly from London again this summer.

“With steady growth in visitor numbers to the Faroe Islands – around 10% last year – there is certainly demand for a London flight.

“We look forward to welcoming more visitors who enjoy remote destinations, bird-watching, sailing, hiking, rappelling, photography and other low-impact ways of exploring their way around our beautiful islands this year.”

Atlantic Airways chief executive Jóhanna á Bergi added: “We’re so excited to again be able offer a direct flight from London to the Faroe Islands – not only does this make our beautiful islands more accessible to travellers in and around London, it’s also great news for travellers using Gatwick as a hub from other destinations all around the world.”