Almost 5,000 extra seats are being laid on from Glasgow to Orlando by Virgin Atlantic next summer.

The airline is to introduce four flights a week to Orlando during June and July 2017.

This is in addition to a twice weekly service which will run between May and October.

All services will be operated by Boeing 747 aircraft and follows the announcement of a winter service to the Florida destination to run from Glasgow between November 16 and March 17

Glasgow airport head of airline marketing and development, Steven Marshall, said: “Since launching in 2007, Virgin Atlantic’s direct flights to Orlando have been a huge success.

“Florida has always been a popular destination among Scottish holidaymakers and the decision to increase capacity on this route is a clear demonstration of Virgin Atlantic’s commitment to the Glasgow market.

“It is also a direct response to the marked increase in demand for Virgin’s flights and we’re looking forward to welcoming the jumbo 747 four times per week during the peak summer months.”

Virgin Atlantic’s joint venture partner Delta Air Lines last month announced plans for non-stop flights between Glasgow and New York-JFK in May 2017.