Three new routes to Poland are being introduced by Ryanair from Belfast International and Newcastle as part of expanded winter schedules from both airports.

Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw are being added to the budget carrier’s network from the two airports for winter 2016-17.

These are in addition to seven new routes announced earlier from Belfast to Alicante, Berlin, Krakow, Lanzarote, Malaga, Milan and Tenerife, as well as extra daily flights to Gatwick.

Ryanair chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said: “Our new Polish routes will be ideal for both business and leisure customers and we look forward to growing routes, traffic and jobs in Belfast in the coming months and years.”

Belfast International airport managing director, Graham Keddie, said: “Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw follow Krakow and deliver a very comprehensive network to a new and important Polish market. 

“We currently stand as the 11th largest airport in the UK, but I expect that with continuing airline expansion and growth in passenger numbers, we will break into the ‘Top Ten’ before too long.

“The airport is delivering real economic benefit for Northern Ireland and that means new employment and business opportunities.

“These new Polish routes are delivered without any government support and show only a fraction of what could be achieved if Air Passenger Duty were removed. Despite this ‘headwind’, we’re making great progress and have reason to believe we can maintain the momentum.”

The expanded winter programme from Newcastle brings the total number of Ryanair routes up to eight, including Lanzarote, Tenerife and Dublin.