Flybe is reinstating flights between Southampton and the Isle of Man.

The service was withdrawn last February due to poor demand.

Year-round flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from May 1 with fares starting at £39.99 one way including taxes and charges.

The timing of the return of the service comes ahead of the annual Isle of Man TT Races being held between May 25 and June 7.

Southampton airport managing director Dave Lees said: “We know there is a demand for a regular service from local businesses, especially those in the financial services sector, but we are also expecting the route to be popular with those on the Isle of Man joining cruises in Southampton, and leisure passengers from the south.”

The airline’s marketing director Simon Lilley said: “Flybe is committed to developing further its route network out of both our Isle of Man and Southampton bases.

“We have every confidence that the return of this service will be supported by both business and leisure passengers.”