Loganair is doubling its non-stop frequency between Stornoway and Manchester airport.

The summer-only flights will provide a direct link from the Western Isles to the northern England hub airport.

A weekly Wednesday flight will run from June 27 to August 29 in addition to a previously announced Saturday service which will operate between June 23 and September 1.

Connections from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis to Manchester are also available on other days of the week throughout the year via Inverness.

Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles said: “This is fantastic news for the tourism industry on Lewis and the Western Isles in general. It also allows greater flexibility of business and leisure trips from Lewis to the north west of England.

“A combination of the Wednesday and Saturday flights will provide options for three, four, seven, ten, 11 and 14-night stays at both destinations, increasing flexibility whether for those using the new non-stop links to access the wide variety of onward flights for both leisure or business trips from Manchester airport, and for those from England’s north west using the new non-stop services to reach the beautiful Western Isles for long or short holiday breaks.

“Loganair at all times strives to increase connectivity to and from the Western Isles, and this latest service development undoubtedly strengthens these links.”