BA will fly direct to six new European routes, including Nice, from Manchester this summer. Photo: Gallery Stock

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Six new summer sun routes from the North West – and London City

British Airways is to launch six new routes from Manchester Airport this summer. It’s the first network expansion at the UK’s third busiest airport in a decade.

From May the airline will begin summer-only direct flights to the popular Spanish sunspots of Alicante, Malaga, Ibiza and Palma, the Greek island of Mykonos, and Nice in the south of France.

Under a regional subsidiary, British Airways operated a number of European routes from Manchester for some years before the airline was sold to Flybe in 2007.

Currently, the airline operates only to Heathrow from Manchester, running up to 10 return flights a day. This summer, there will also be a weekly service to London City.

All the new return British Airways flights from Manchester will operate once a week at weekends (with the exception of the Ibiza route which will operate three times a week) and will provide a total of more than 35,000 extra seats from the North West.

In addition, new flights from Stansted, part of the Manchester Airport Group, will launch to Florence, Geneva and Nice, and there will be increased frequency on existing routes to Ibiza and Palma. Flights to Malaga and Faro will also resume for the summer. All the new flights will operate on modern Embraer 190 jet aircraft.

Alex Cruz, Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “We are very excited to be launching all these new routes from Manchester and Stansted. These are the destinations our customers tell us they want to fly to so we look forward to a busy summer.”