Ryanair has announced seven new routes for Belfast this winter, bringing 300 new jobs.

They will include Milan and Berlin, as well as Alicante, Lanzarote, Krakow, Malaga and Tenerife.

The announcement was made by Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary at an event in Belfast on Thursday morning.

He said further services will be added in the coming months.

Last year Ryanair confirmed plans for a new base at Belfast International Airport as part of a $300m investment.

Five routes were expected, including Gatwick – but that has now become seven.

Belfast International’s managing director Graham Keddie said the inclusion of Berlin and Milan represents a “long-awaited breakthrough into the lucrative German and Italian markets”.

He added: “To say we’re delighted with this expansion would be an under-statement.

“This sector is being transformed for the better. Seven new international routes are a wonderful vote of confidence by Ryanair.

“Already, we’ve announced close to 300 new jobs which will generate £4.8m in wages, but that’s just the beginning of an amazing period of growth and expansion that will be the inevitable consequence of this most welcome announcement.”

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