Spanish carrier Vueling is to add flights from Heathrow to Majorca from March 2013.
The airline, which is also introducing a twice daily Gatwick-Barcelona service for next summer, will start the daily Heathrow-Palma route from March 23. This route has not been served by any airline since 2009.
The moves mean that Vueling will operate a total of nine routes from the UK to Spain for summer 2013.
Vueling CEO Alex Cruz said: “This is going to be hugely welcomed by the strong expat community and together with the introduction of Gatwick-Barcelona flights, also commencing at the end of March, our expanded services from the UK capital form a key part of what will be a fourth consecutive year of growth.”
The Heathrow-Palma flight will depart at 17.15 while the return service will leave Palma at 14.50.
Vueling is currently the subject of a €113 million takeover bid by British Airways owner IAG, which already owns 45.85 per cent of Vueling.
IAG chief executive Willie Walsh has said that the company intends to keep Vueling as a separate brand to Iberia if the takeover is successful. Walsh also wants to keep the current Vueling management team headed by Cruz.