Summer flights from Bournemouth airport to the Channel Islands are being introduced by Loganair.

The Scottish carrier is making its debut at the south coast airport in 2019 with seasonal links to Jersey and Guernsey.

The services are scheduled to run between April and October using a 37-seat Embraer 135 regional jet, with the Jersey flight time of about 45 minutes and around 40 minutes for Guernsey.

Jersey will be served three times a week on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays and Guernsey on Saturdays.

Lead-in fares start at £46.99 one-way to both islands.

The new routes announcement comes 11 months after the airports management division of Rigby Group acquired Bournemouth airport, with ambitions double passenger numbers to 1.5 million over the next five years.

Airport managing director Stephen Gill said: “We warmly welcome Loganair and its cabin crews to our growing regional airport, where 35 destinations in 15 countries are being served.

“We anticipate keen interest in flights to Jersey and Guernsey from holidaymakers, weekenders and the business community across Dorset, west Hampshire and south Wiltshire.

“There is no doubt that quality carriers such as Loganair can see the benefits of operating from a customer-focused regional airport, providing convenience for passengers and saving on time and cost in travelling to alternative airports.”

Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles added: “This will be our first commercial presence at Bournemouth airport and we look forward to our ‘tartan tails’ being a regular sight over the south coast.

“The new routes build on the success of our Guernsey operation from Glasgow and Jersey from Norwich this year, which will repeat for summer 2019, along with Edinburgh to Guernsey and Bournemouth to both Jersey and Guernsey.”

Deputy Dawn Tindall, member of the States of Guernsey’s committee for economic development, said: “VisitGuernsey will be working closely with Loganair to support the marketing effort to raise awareness of the new route, and we look forward to welcoming many visitors from the Bournemouth region in the coming season.”