Flybe has put it the first phase of its winter schedule on sale earlier than in previous years to help draw advance bookings.

A total of 4.4 million seats are available for travel between October 28 and January 13, 2019.

The regional carrier’s 2018-19 timetable covers 127 routes and up to 2,683 flights a week across the UK and mainland Europe.

Chief commercial officer Roy Kinnear said: “It is great news for our customers that this year we are putting our 2018-19 winter schedule on sale earlier than ever before.

“It gives plenty of time for decision making but also allows regular winter travellers the chance to make their plans.

“We have an extensive choice of destinations not only for winter getaways but also for essential business travel with the opportunity to book the lowest possible fares.”

Highlights include a Doncaster Sheffield to Belfast City service operating for the first time in winter, 14 ski routes and eight winter sun connections including Alicante from Doncaster Sheffield, Exeter, Norwich and Southampton; Faro from Cardiff an expanded schedule from Exeter and Malaga from Norwich.

Extra seasonal frequency on many routes include Exeter-Glasgow, Belfast City, Dublin and Newcastle.

Up to seven flights a day will run on routes from Birmingham to Amsterdam, Belfast City, Edinburgh and Glasgow and Belfast City-Manchester.

An improved weekend schedule on key routes from Exeter includes later Sunday returns from Amsterdam, Jersey, Guernsey and Manchester and the return of weekend flights to Norwich.

Christmas and new year flights will run from Southampton to Limoges, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Nantes and Rennes plus a full winter schedule to Bergerac.

A Christmas and new year service between Birmingham and Newquay also returns.