Ryanair has announced a new route from Bournemouth to Dublin.

The four times a week service starts next April, part of the company's summer schedule.

To celebrate the new route, Ryanair is offering discounted seats for travel over the next few months.

Andrew Bell, Chief Executive Officer, 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’s Robin Kiely said: “Ryanair is pleased to announce a new Bournemouth route to Dublin commencing in April, which will operate four times weekly as part of our summer 2019 schedule.

"To celebrate, we are releasing seats across our network from Bournemouth from just £9.99 for travel up to January 2019. This offer is available for booking until midnight Saturday, October 13."