Two of Britain's leading low-cost airlines are this week launching new services that will help the north-west of England to stake its claim as a growing air travel centre.
Establishing itself at its new Manchester Airport base, easyJet is launching six new routes from the city, offerings its rain-soaked residents the prospect of direct flights to southern-European sun-spots such as Tenerife, Paphos, Malaga and Malta.
Meanwhile Flybe has launched a host of new routes from several UK hubs today, also granting Manchester a new flight route to Inverness, adding to nine existing UK flights out of the city (including to the Channel Islands).
Neighbouring Liverpool has also seen an upsurge in flight routes out of John Lennon International Airport of late, with easyJet now launching a Liverpool-Jersey route in addition to its Manchester operations – and expecting to carry 100,000 passengers on the route over the coming year.
This week has also seen a preliminary backing given to plans for Carlisle Airport to be given a new terminal and runway, returning it to full passenger operations under the guidance of Stobart Air – and serving the north-west with another air travel option.
Expanded services from Flybe come on the back of a new partnership agreement, with the carrier's new Dundee to Birmingham and Belfast flights coming courtesy of a recently signed franchise agreement with Loganair.