BMI Regional has launched six new routes to destinations in Europe, creating more than 100 new jobs at Birmingham and Bristol airports.

The new flights from Bristol will go to Munich, Milan and Hannover, while new routes from Birmingham will fly to Toulouse, Gothenburg and Lyon.

Flights to Frankfurt from Bristol Airport will now also have an increased capacity.

Cathal O’Connell, chief executive of BMI Regional, said: “Today we are very proud to launch six new routes from Birmingham and Bristol to Gothenburg, Lyon, Toulouse, Hannover, Munich and Milan.

“BMI Regional has already created over 100 new jobs with these new routes in the southwest and the Midlands.

“These routes are an indication of our commitment to UK regions and a significant investment in Bristol and Birmingham; we expect to continue to significantly increase employment and create a better network for both leisure and business travellers from the Midlands.

“The launch of these six routes is a continuation of BMI Regional’s promise to serve key economic and tourism hubs across Europe. These new routes are incremental to the four new routes rolled out since BMI Regional established itself as an independent airline in 2012.”

Paul Kehoe, chief executive of Birmingham Airport, said: “We’re delighted to welcome BMI Regional to Birmingham Airport.

“Not only will new flights provide links to some currently unserved European markets from the Midlands, its arrival will also create new jobs and open up better trade links between Birmingham, France, Sweden and Denmark.”

Aviation director at Bristol Airport, Shaun Browne, said it was exciting to see “high profile destinations” served from Bristol Airport.

BMI Regional will operate up to 450 flights a week this summer, flying 18 aircraft.