Two new winter-only ski routes are being introduced by British Airways from Manchester airport.

The airline is also resuming a weekly link to London City airport in December.

Flights to the ski gateways of Salzburg in Austria and Chambery in France will operate on Saturdays from mid-December until April 2018 using Embraer 190 jets with one-way fares starting at £49.

Seven summer-only routes from Manchester were launched in May as well as the London City connection.

The summer routes operate until October and the London City service will be reinstated on December 15.

The London city airport flights will run northbound on Fridays and southbound on Sundays to appeal to business travellers.

BA also operates up to 10 return flights a day between Manchester and Heathrow.

All flights will operate on modern aircraft, with spacious cabins and two abreast seating so every customer can have an aisle or window seat.

BA general manager customer and commercial, Luke Hayhoe, said: “After a successful new summer programme from Manchester we have decided to continue our leisure flying with direct services to two of the most popular winter break destinations in Austria and France.”