A new air service will take Manitobans on a direct route to Britain, following the collapse of Zoom airlines last year.

GO Travel Direct is to begin a weekly air schedule between Winnipeg and London, England, in June.

Winnipeg airport officials say the new service is among the first in Canada under the new "open skies" agreement with the European Union.

The agreement, reached last month to deregulate air travel between Canada and Europe, removed restrictions on European carriers. Previously air carriers could only fly to Canada from their home country.

GO Travel Direct will book the seats, using aircraft from Finnair for the Winnipeg-Gatwick return service that will operate between June and October.

Fares will start at $349 one way, taxes included.

When Zoom went out of business, it owed several airports money for landing fees, including Winnipeg's James Richardson International Airport.

GO Travel Direct was using the now-defunct Zoom Airlines for its main charters from 2003 until last year.

Citing high fuel costs, Zoom filed for bankruptcy in August, leaving behind an estimated $90 million in liabilities.

Zoom flew from Winnipeg and other Canadian cities, directly to London.