RYANAIR is launching a new route from Bournemouth to Dublin as part of its summer schedule next year.

The four-weekly service will start in April 2019.

The Irish airline is holding a 'seat sale', with flights from Bournemouth to Dublin available from £9.99 for October, November, December, and January. Robin Kiely, head of communications at Ryanair, said the offer was available for booking until midnight on Saturday, October 13.

"Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto Ryanair.com and book a bargain break today," he said.

Andrew Bell, chief executive officer for Regional & City Airports (RCA), which is the owner and operator of Bournemouth Airport, said: “Ryanair’s Dublin route announcement is exciting news for local passengers - Dublin is up there with Amsterdam and Paris for city weekend breaks - and there is all of the convenience involved in flying from an airport on their doorstep.

"We anticipate an extra 70,000 passengers a year with the Dublin route, which is part of Bournemouth Airport’s growth strategy, including the ambition to double passenger numbers to 1.5 million over the next five years.

"Ryanair is drawn to the connectivity Bournemouth Airport can offer, including an international length runway and superb land-side and air-side facilities. This is about giving passengers a wide range of destinations to choose from.

"Within 10 months of acquiring Bournemouth Airport, RCA is on the flight path to delivering improved services as well as dovetailing with the needs of local business and creating fresh opportunities for the regional economy.”

Last month, Ryanair announced a new route from Bournemouth to Prague, which will also be part of its summer schedule.