Ryanair has created a new winter base at Bournemouth airport with seven routes.

Krakow is a new destination to be served by the low-fares carrier from the south coast airport as part of its winter schedule.

Summer services to Faro, Gran Canaria and Malta will be extended into the winter.

Alicante, Malaga and Tenerife will also be served as the airline bases an aircraft at Bournemouth in a bid to increase traffic by 19% year-on-year.

Ryanair is marking 20 years at Bournemouth airport, where it has carried more than six million passengers since its first flight departed in May 1996.

Director of route development, Kate Sherry, said: “We are pleased to launch a new winter base at Bournemouth with one based aircraft, as well as a new twice weekly route to Krakow and new winter services to Faro, Gran Canaria and Malta, as part of our Bournemouth winter schedule.”

Bournemouth airport managing director, Paul Knight, said: “Today’s announcement is great news for Bournemouth airport, our customers and our staff.

“We have built up a good working relationship with Ryanair over the past 20 years and we are delighted to see that they are marking this anniversary by extending their winter programme and adding a new route to Krakow.

“This means there will soon be even more destinations people can travel to from our airport and more people from across Europe will be visiting our great area.”