Ryanair is to fly year-round from Bournemouth airport with flights to six Spanish destinations.

Fares went on sale yesterday for winter routes to Alicante, Barcelona (Girona), Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife, all starting in October.

The airline dropped winter flying from Bournemouth in 2010, blaming the cost of Air Passenger Duty.

Alicante, Girona and Malaga will be served twice a week with weekly flights to Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife.

The carrier marked the expansion by putting 100,000 seats for sale at £22.99 across its network for travel in the peak summer months of July, August and September for bookings made by midnight tonight (Thursday).

Airport managing director Paul Knight said: “Ryanair has always performed strongly at Bournemouth so we are delighted that they are extending their summer schedule into winter.

“These extra flights will not only benefit our local passengers but will attract extra traffic from our wider catchment area as we look to increase passenger numbers and serve the south coast market better in the winter season.”

Ryanair head of marketing Lesley Kane told the local Daily Echo: “Since we launched the spring/summer timetable back in March we have seen an increase and a strong demand for the flights.

“We have 16 routes this summer and we have seen a really strong positive demand which gives us a positive outlook for the winter.”