UK regional carrier Flybe will this summer add 12 new routes and boost frequencies on a number of existing services.

The carrier will begin flights from Aberdeen to the Isle of Man and Norwich, from Belfast City to Norwich, and from Exeter to Inverness, the Isle of Man and Norwich.

It will also begin Glasgow-Norwich flights as well as flights from Inverness to the Isle of Man and Norwich, and from the Isle of Man to Norwich.

The carrier says it has made Manchester Airport a regional hub, from which passengers will have access to 86 improved connections on weekdays.

"As Europe's largest regional airline serving 36 UK departure points, it made sense to join more of them up and do it over Manchester, one of our largest bases," says Flybe director of marketing Simon Lilley.

"Manchester Airport immediately saw the potential and have worked hard with us to ensure that it could accommodate our readjusted schedule that now gives our passengers the added choice of over 80 new domestic connections."

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news