Manchester is to gain a new transatlantic service with US Airways flights to Charlotte in North Carolina.

The carrier, which is in merger talks with American Airlines, has scheduled the summer-only service from May 22 next year.

Manchester is one of four new European destinations to be linked to the Charlotte hub next summer, including Barcelona, Lisbon and Brussels.

The airline is to deploy a Boeing 757 on the Manchester route to its largest US hub which will offer connections to 38 international destinations besides domestic points in the US.

The Manchester flights will run until September 29, 2014.

The airline’s marketing and planning senior vice president Andrew Nocella said: “The flights complement service from our international gateway at Philadelphia and give consumers on both sides of the Atlantic more one-stop access to popular points in Europe, the United States and beyond.

“Our new flights also help to strengthen the foundation for our pending merger with American Airlines by providing more access to a broader network.”