British Airways is to re-establish regional flying from Birmingham and Bristol airports this summer.

Flights will run from both airports to Malaga, Ibiza and Palma in Spain and the Italian city of Florence.

BA last flew from Birmingham and Bristol in 2007 when its regional airline business was sold to Flybe.

Since then Vueling and Iberia Express, subsidiaries of British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group, have started services to Barcelona, Malaga, Alicante, Tenerife, Paris Orly and Madrid from Birmingham, while Aer Lingus has continued to operate to Dublin from Birmingham since 1984.

Aer Lingus Regional flies from Bristol to Dublin.

The regional expansion plan comes a week after BA revealed that it is to resume European flights from Manchester airport and increase destinations and frequencies from both London City and Stansted this summer.

The summer-only service from Birmingham and Bristol will be operated by Embraer 190 jet aircraft.

The new return flights from both airports will operate once a week at weekends from May.

One-way fares from Birmingham to Ibiza start at £45 and to Florence, Malaga and Palma from £49.

Lead in rates from Bristol to Palma start at £45, to Florence and Ibiza from £49 and to Malaga from £59.

BA general manager commercial and customer, Luke Hayhoe, said: “We are very excited to be returning to Birmingham and Bristol with four very popular routes.

“Customers can once again enjoy competitively priced flights to the sun direct from their doorstep with British Airways to those destinations they tell us they want to fly to.”

Birmingham airport chief operating officer David Winstanley said: “Having British Airways return to Birmingham is not only great news for the airport but also the Midlands region and we are confident this is the beginning of a long-term growth plan with the airline.”

Bristol airport chief executive, Robert Sinclair, said: “We are delighted with today’s announcement which will see the iconic British Airways brand returning to Bristol airport.

“It will be the first time an airline has operated a scheduled service between Bristol and the Italian historic city of Florence which we are sure will prove very popular.

“These additional flights to Palma, Florence, Ibiza and Malaga offers passengers in the south-west and Wales region further choice of scheduled flights for the summer season. We look forward to working with British Airways on the new routes and further enhancing the services available from Bristol. “