Cheap flights carrier Ryanair has announced that it will create 11 new international routes when it opens two new bases in Alghero and Cagliari in March next year.
The new Italian bases will create a further eight domestic routes to and from the island of Sardinia.
According to an article in the Financial Times, the airline said "it would base one 189-seat Boeing737-800 in Alghero and would operate a total of 18 routes to and from the north Sardinian city with two aircraft based at the Cagliari base offering 19 routes initially".
The new routes from Alghero will handle 1.2 million passengers per year and provide 1,200 local jobs. They will also save passengers an estimated £102 million per year in ticket prices and fuel surcharges as people are afforded more airline choice.
Ryanair will now have seven bases in Italy, with the airline already having established itself in Rome, Milan, Pisa, Bologna and Forli.
The news follows on from last month’s announcement by Lufthansa that it would be moving into the north Italian market.