British Airways is to start flying from Birmingham Airport again with the launch of four new summer-only routes to popular European sunspots.
As of May the airline will begin direct flights from Birmingham to the popular Spanish destinations of Malaga, Ibiza and Palma and to the Italian city of Florence.
They will operate on modern 98-seat Embraer 190 jet aircraft, with spacious cabins and two abreast seating so every customer can have an aisle or window seat.
The new return flights will operate once a week at weekends.
British Airways last flew from Birmingham in 2007 when the regional airline business was sold to Flybe.
Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: “We are very excited to be returning to Birmingham with four very popular routes.
"Customers can once again enjoy competitively priced flights to the sun direct from their doorstep with British Airways to those destinations they tell us they want to fly to. We look forward to a busy summer at Birmingham.”
David Winstanley, chief operating officer for Birmingham Airport, added: “Having British Airways return to Birmingham is not only great news for the airport but also the Midlands region and we are confident this is the beginning of a long-term growth plan with the airline."