A nine-year deal securing easyJet’s future at Liverpool John Lennon airport will see new Cyprus flights start this winter.

The twice-weekly flights to Larnaca will start on November 2 with fares starting at £30.99 one way.

The Cyprus route will follow this summer launch of routes to Newquay and Nantes from Liverpool.

Airport chief executive Matthew Thomas told the Liverpool Echo: “The airport has worked in partnership with easyJet for over 15 years and we have seen both our businesses expand dramatically during this time.

“This latest agreement shows their continued commitment towards sustaining and growing their business here at Liverpool and we look forward to seeing more easyJet passengers and destinations over the next nine years and beyond.”

The carrier’s commercial manager Ali Gayward said: “Liverpool was one of easyJet’s original bases and remains one of our largest bases in Europe.

“We are pleased to have secured a new agreement with John Lennon airport which outlines our long-term commitment to Liverpool and allows easyJet to add exciting new destinations such as Larnaca.

Meanwhile easyJet has announced its carryings rose by just 1.9% in June to more than 5.5 million passengers due to a French air traffic control strike.

The low fares carrier was forced to cancel 585 flights last month against 22 in June 2012. The rise in cancellations was mainly due to three-day’s of industrial action by ATC staff in France.

The passenger load factor was pegged at 88.9%.

However, the monthly increase in passengers meant that the low fares airline flew more than 60 million passengers in the year to June.