HOLIDAYMAKERS will be able to jet off to Malta from Bournemouth Airport all year round from this weekend.

The twice-weekly flights with Ryanair to the Mediterranean island will launch from Saturday, July 2.

It follows the start of a new service to Zadar on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast two weeks ago.

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Steve Gill, managing director of Bournemouth Airport, said: “Malta is a very popular destination and we’re delighted to see its return from Bournemouth with Ryanair.

“We’re committed to increasing connectivity and it means our passengers have even more travel options this summer.”

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Ryanair now has 17 routes from Bournemouth, with more than half operating year-round.

Ryanair’s routes from Bournemouth include: Spain (Alicante, Girona, Barcelona), Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga, Majorca, Murcia, Tenerife, Ireland (Dublin), Hungary (Budapest), Poland (Krakow and Wroclaw), Portugal (Faro and Lisbon), Croatia (Zadar), France (Bergerac) and Malta.

The new flights mean Bournemouth Airport is offering a total of 34 destinations to 17 countries for 2022/23.

Bournemouth Airport is owned and operated by Regional & City Airports (RCA), part of Rigby Group plc.

RCA also owns and operates Exeter Airport, Norwich Airport and Coventry Airport, and holds management contract for Solent Airport.