EasyJet has announced a new domestic route between Birmingham and Glasgow.

The year-round service will run 13 times a week from March 29, 2020 and is aimed at business travellers but can also be used for connections to long-haul routes.

The airline expects it will carry 180,000 passengers on the route in the first year.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK country manager, said: “We’re delighted to announce a new route from Birmingham to Glasgow providing even more great value and convenient domestic connectivity for our customers. The connection of two major UK cities is great for the Midlands region and the positive benefits it will bring in supporting the UK economy.

“This news underlines easyJet’s continued commitment to our passengers and supports our ambition of always providing a great service and low fares – and we are sure the route will be a success.”

Nick Barton, chief executive of Birmingham Airport, added: “This announcement is great news for travellers as it gives more capacity and choice between Birmingham and the popular city of Glasgow.

“EasyJet is an incredibly strong brand that offers both great service and fares so I’m extremely pleased that the airline has chosen to expand its presence in the Midlands.”