Thomson Airways will begin flying two new routes to Cancun, Mexico and Sanford, Florida from Bristol airport next summer.

The flights will go on sale later this month and will be served by one of the airline’s Dreamliner 787, which is designed to fly further distances on less fuel.

The new plane arrived at Bristol airport for the first time yesterday.

News of the new long-haul routes comes as Thomson Airways also reveals it is to launch three new European routes from Bristol in 2017 to Cantania, Italy, Chania in Greece, and Girona in Spain.

Mark Hall, director of product for Thomson and First Choice, said: “We are committed to taking customers on holiday from their local airport and we’re excited to be able to introduce these direct long haul routes from Bristol.

“We were the first UK airline to take delivery of the 787 Dreamliner, which has enabled us to open up new destinations for Thomson and First Choice customers and fly them there in style. It also means our customers can have access to our portfolio of unique hotels, which they can only book through us, flying direct from Bristol airport.”

Shaun Browne, aviation director, Bristol airport said: “Today marks another major milestone in Bristol Airport’s route development when we welcomed the first ever arrival of the Thomson Dreamliner aircraft.

“The routes added to the network will offer customers from the South West and Wales region more options of an exotic getaway. Whether it is to enjoy an all-inclusive resort in Mexico, or a fun filled family holiday in Orlando, these destinations offer further choice for customers flying from their local regional airport to long haul destinations.”