Virgin Atlantic has announced an increase in capacity on more than a third of its flights from Glasgow Airport to Florida next year.

More than 14,000 extra seats will be available after the airline confirmed it will deploy a Boeing 747 for its 2014 programme.

The airline said up to 54,600 people will be able to travel direct from Glasgow to Florida, more than 14,000 the amount of seats on sale this year.

The 455 seat jumbo jet will replace a 314 seat Airbus A330 for 60 return flights between April and October.

Previously, the aircraft had only be used during the peak months of June and July.

Edmond Rose, Virgin’s director of airline planning, said: “Since we launched our Glasgow services six years ago we have seen a steady increase in demand and we are delighted to bring our iconic Boeing 747s on to the route for the full summer season.

“Glasgow is an extremely important market for Virgin Atlantic and we are working really closely with the team at Glasgow airport and as we continue to grow demand for Virgin Atlantic’s flights from Scotland.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, added: “Our partnership with Virgin Atlantic has been a huge success story.

“Since the Florida flights began in 2007 passenger numbers have grown every year, and Virgin Atlantic has continued adding extra capacity to accommodate the increasing number of Scots travelling to Florida.

“That Virgin Atlantic is increasing capacity for 2014 by more than a third is a fantastic boost for Glasgow Airport and Scotland.”