Thomson is to deploy a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Glasgow next summer with weekly flights to the Dominican Republic.

It is the first time the Dominican Republic will have been served from the Scottish airport in two years.

The weekly service to Punta Cana will run through the summer season from May 1, 2014.

The Dominican Republic will be third long-haul destination served from Glasgow by one of Thomson’s fleet of Dreamliners which currently fly to Orlando and Cancun in Mexico.

An additional flight to Kos from Glasgow will also serve First Choice’s four-star holiday village in Marmari.

The operator will also be adding extra weekly flights on existing Rhodes, Zante and Majorca routes and new 10 and 11-night durations to Gran Canaria.

Thomson and First Choice airport negotiations manager Paul Cooper said: “Adding the extra capacity and the introduction of the Thomson 787 Dreamliner demonstrates the importance of Glasgow airport and the local area to our business, and following the success of similar routes across a number of regional airports, we know that the demand is there.

“Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels is a key part of our overall strategy. We hope that this move will enhance the holiday experience for our customers and that they are as excited as we are about the new 787 Dreamliner.”

The airport’s commercial director Francois Bourienne said: “It was an honour to have been the first UK airport to wave off the Dreamliner on its inaugural transatlantic passenger flight and the decision to add Punta Cana is a clear demonstration of the tour operator’s commitment to the Glasgow market.”