New Aer Lingus flights from Manchester to Barbados are to be used to create Sandals and Beaches Resorts holiday packages.

Unique Caribbean Holidays Ltd – the UK operator for the all-inclusive firm – is offering departures by the Irish carrier from October 20.

Aer Lingus will initially run twice-weekly direct flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Manchester airport.

Friday departures will be added from November 3, with flights then operating on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to Barbados until March 2022.

Both economy and business class will be available for clients to book, including fully flat 6ft 5inch beds in business class.

Regional connections include from Belfast to Manchester airport.

Flight-inclusive holidays will be offered at Sandals Barbados or the adjacent Sandals Royal Barbados with a £175 deposit and the full balance due 71-days before departure.

Package prices using Aer Lingus flights from Manchester lead-in at £2,265 per person for seven nights between November 3 and December 8 including a 40% discount for bookings made by June 30.