Larnaca in Cyprus will become the eighth destination served by Blue Air from Liverpool John Lennon airport this summer.

Twice weekly flights start on June 17 with fares starting at £40.80.

The move follows the Romanian budget carrier establishing at base at Liverpool with new routes to Rome, Milan, Hamburg and Alicante all starting at the end of March.

The airport’s air service development director, Paul Winfield, said: “This is a further sign of Blue Air’s commitment to the Liverpool city region with the airline having now announced eight routes from Liverpool since first starting flights to Bucharest just over two years ago.

“This latest route development will take Blue Air’s summer schedule to 28 weekly departures from Liverpool”.

Blue Air chief commercial officer, Tudor Constantinescu, added: “We are extremely happy to offer a new route to Larnaca, Cyprus – a sunny destination, on an island rich in history and culture.

“We are committed to develop our base in Liverpool to meet everyone’s expectations and I am confident that this route is an important step in strengthening our position within north-west England.”