British Airways is stepping up leisure flights from UK regional airports for next summer.

New summer routes include flights from Manchester to Alicante and Nice; Birmingham to Malaga and Florence and Bristol to Ibiza, Palma and Florence.

Extra weekend flights will run from Manchester to Malaga, Ibiza and Palma, with Mykonos flights operating on Saturdays instead of Fridays from May.

An additional weekend flight will serve Palma from Birmingham and Malaga from Bristol. Winter-only services from Manchester to Salzburg and Chambery start on December 15.

One-way fares from Manchester and Birmingham start at £46 to Palma and from Bristol to Palma from £50. All flights are operated by Embraer 190 regional jets.

The expansion follows the introduction of seven summer-only routes from Manchester and four from Birmingham and Bristol airports this year.

BA customer and commercial general manager Luke Hayhoe said: “Following the successful launch of our regional flying this year we are delighted to resume flights from these three important UK airports next summer.

“We have looked at what our customers want and have altered our schedule to provide improved departure times and the extra flights and capacity on the most popular routes.”

BA currently operates up to ten return flights a day between Manchester and Heathrow and a weekly service to London City airport.