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Airlines to launch 120 new services

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Travellers will have the convenience of more than 120 new routes from airports across the UK this summer.

According to analysis firm anna.aero, 25 of the new services will be to Spain and 11 to France.

Manchester Airport will see the highest number of new operations, at 16, followed by Gatwick with 15 and Heathrow with 12.

With 24 new flights, Jet2.com leads airline groups launching additional services from Britain. The routes may be new to air passengers, but they should not drop old habits such as taking out a good travel insurance policy.

Irish budget airline Ryanair will fly 19 new services, nine of them to Spain. It tops the list globally with the addition of more than 100 services from airports around the UK and Europe.

Meanwhile, Switzerland's SkyWorks Airlines will make its UK debut, flying daily between London City Airport and Bern.

British Airways is introducing flights to Buenos Aires, San Diego and Marrakech, while travellers to Boston and Miami can take advantage of Delta's new services.

Worldwide, airlines are operating more than 800 new routes this summer season. The number of seats being offered on flights leaving Europe at the moment is 19.36 million - a 2.6% rise on the same period last year.

The sector with the biggest increase for summer 2011 compared with summer 2010 is Asia, where the number of seats on offer has gone up 10.5%.

© Press Association 2011