A new route to Rome is included in the first phase of Flybe’s summer 2017 schedule from Cardiff airport.

The regional carrier will run a twice weekly service to Rome Fiumicino between March 26 and August 13.

A network of 12 routes have gone on sale from the Welsh airport, including flights to the Italian capital which lead in at £24.99 one-way.

The airline has also extended a weekly Saturday ski route to Geneva through to mid-April.

European city breaks are a key feature of the summer schedule, with destinations including Berlin, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Milan, Munich, Paris and Verona.

The other routes are to Faro and Jersey giving a total of up to 53 flights a week.

Flybe chief revenue officer, Vincent Hodder, said: “We are delighted be releasing this initial phase of our summer 2017 schedule from Cardiff today and especially pleased to offer a brand new route to Rome.

“These services connect Wales to key business centres all over Europe as well as to some fantastic destinations that are ideal for short breaks or even longer summer holidays.

“In providing a ‘One Stop to the World’, Flybe’s codeshare partners also offer regional customers extensive opportunities to enjoy seamless long-haul travel.

“This benefits those looking for onward connections meaning there is now no need to go anywhere near the large hectic London hub airports.”

Cardiff airport managing director, Debra Barber, said: “Our Welsh customers have consistently asked for Rome to be added to our route network and we are delighted that this key service to another major capital city is now on offer from Cardiff airport.

“Flybe now flies to five capital cities from Wales’ national airport and we will continue to work closely with them to offer our passengers more choice of leading destinations.”