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Ryanair announces new routes for Bournemouth Airport

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Image caption Ryanair hopes to increase its passenger numbers using Bournemouth Airport to 450,000 a year

Budget airline Ryanair has announced plans to increase its services from Bournemouth airport.

The operator is planning a new route to Krakow as well as winter flights to Faro, Gran Canaria and Malta.

It said it hoped to increase its passenger numbers at Bournemouth by 19% to a total of 450,000 a year.

Bournemouth Airport managing director Paul Knight said it would help people from across Europe visit "our great area."

The new service will begin at the end of October.

The airport, which opened a new £45m terminal in 2010, suffered from falling passenger numbers during the recession.

Last year rival airline Flybe announced it was pulling out of the airport.

A £40m investment programme in roads, cycle routes and bus services around the airport was announced in January.

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