Ryanair has added new connecting flight options at Milan Bergamo airport.

Customers can now book connecting services on a total of 50 routes, double the previous 25, with new connecting destinations including Hamburg, Porto, Bratislava, Prague, Thessaloniki and Vilnius.

The carrier initially launched its connecting flights service on selected routes via Rome Fiumicino in June, before extending it to flights via Milan last month.

Benefits of the connecting service include one booking reference for the journey, through checking of luggage, and airside transfers.

Ryanair says that it plans to roll out more connections at other airports across its network later this year.

The airline also plans to launch a connecting flights partnership with Air Europa, on long-haul routes through Madrid.

Commenting on the news Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien said:

“Ryanair is pleased to extend our connecting flights service at Milan Bergamo Airport with another 25 routes added, including services to/from Hamburg, Porto, Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, Thessaloniki and Vilnius, offering our customers even more low fare choice with 50 connecting routes in total (potentially rising to 300).

“With 17 of these new routes connecting onto other Italian destinations we will continue to make regional Italy more accessible for European customers in advance of developing more direct routes to the regions in the coming years.

“Customers flying on these routes will be able to transfer onto their next flight at Milan Bergamo without having to go landside, and will have their bags checked through to their final destination.

“This connecting flights service, delivered under Year 4 of our “Always Getting Better” programme, is now available on 50 Milan Bergamo routes, as well as 10 routes via Rome Fiumicino Airport and will be rolled out at other Ryanair airports throughout our network, with even more routes to be added in the coming weeks and months.”