British Airways has announced plans for a new year-round route between London Gatwick airport and Milan Bergamo.

Six times weekly flights (no Saturday service) will launch on September 1, adding to BA’s existing flights from Heathrow to Milan Malpensa, and from London City and Heathrow to Milan Linate.

Low-cost carrier Ryanair offers flights to Milan Bergamo from London’s Stansted airport, with a Southend service set to launch next month.

Located around 45km from Milan’s city centre, the airport is officially known as either Orio al Serio International Airport or Il Caravaggio International Airport, but is often referred to as Milan Bergamo due to its proximity to the alpine city.

It is the third busiest airport in Italy after Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa, and is considered a gateway to Lake Como and Lake Garda, as well as to the Franciacorta wine region and several ski resorts.

Lead-in fares will start from £25 one-way on Euro Traveller and £99 in Club Europe.

Commenting on the news Adam Carson, British Airways’ Managing Director of Gatwick, said:

“Milan Bergamo adds another exciting destination to our Gatwick network and is perfectly located for a city break, a summer visit to the lakes or even a skiing holiday in the Alps.

“From Gatwick we fly to over 70 destinations as our network continues to expand we’re adding new routes designed to appeal to both leisure and business customers.”

In other news BA is increasing the frequency of its Gatwick-Cancun route to five flights per week for the winter season.