Monarch Airlines is to introduce ski routes to Friedrichshafen airport in southern Germany for this winter.

Six flights a week will run from Gatwick and Manchester from December until April next year.

Friedrichshafen is a 90-minute transfer by coach, car or train to ski resorts in Switzerland, Austria, Leichtenstein and Germany including St Anton, Lech, Zürs and Flims-Laax.

More than 50,000 skiers used Friedrichshafen as their gateway to the Alps last winter.

Monarch managing director Kevin George said: “After successfully launching our new scheduled flights to ski destinations last winter 12/13, we are keen to highlight our products and services to ski and snowboard travellers who are beginning to think about their winter holiday for this year.

“Working with a key ski destination airport such as Friedrichshafen provides our great ski offering to customers.”