Easyjet has announced plans to start flying from Southampton airport.

The inaugural route will fly from Southampton to Geneva on December 14, operating three times a week throughout the winter on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. This will be the first time the airline has operated from the south coast airport.

Easyjet has said that it expects to fly more than 10,000 passengers a year this winter on the route, which will be served by an A320.

Flights start from £31.99 one way per person.

Commenting on the new operation, UK country manager Ali Gayward said:

‘We are delighted to be announcing that we will commence flights from Southampton – a new airport on easyJet’s already comprehensive route network.

“Many people are already starting to plan ahead for their winter holidays and with flights to Geneva from Southampton, passengers from across the region are able to take advantage of our low fares.”

Managing director at Southampton airport Dave Lees, said:

“We are very excited to announce that Easyjet will be commencing operations to Geneva three times a week from Southampton Airport this winter. I am sure that our customers from across the region will be pleased to have even more choice for reaching the ski slopes from December onwards. We look forward to welcoming easyJet to Southampton later in the year.”