EasyJet is to increase capacity between Gatwick and the Isle of Man from next spring.

The budget airline is to add five extra flights a week on the route when it takes over take-off and landing slots from Flybe at Gatwick.

This will result in a double-daily service to the island from March 30 using a 156-seat Airbus A319.

Overall frequency will rise to 12 flights a week with fares starting at £25.99 one-way.

The airline’s commercial manager Ali Gayward said: “We are pleased to announce additional services to London Gatwick as a sign of our continued commitment to serving the Isle of Man.

“From March 2014 we will offer a greatly enhanced schedule of flights for leisure and business travellers with up to five additional flights per week.

“The new schedule will make it easy and affordable to do business in London thanks to the availability of a day return on easyJet for the first time. Our low fares and larger aircraft will also help attract more tourism to the Island.”

Isle of Man ports director Ann Reynolds said: “EasyJet have come up trumps with two flights to and from London Gatwick each weekday from March 2014. I’m delighted that easyJet continues to support the Island residents and businesses.”