Flybe plans summer expansion from Southampton airport with additional frequencies to Amsterdam and Majorca.

An enhanced schedule to the Dutch city will provide four flights a day on weekdays and three a day at weekends following the withdrawal of KLM from the route from March 30.

Flybe’s extra flights will start the following day as part of an expanded summer schedule covering a total of 28 routes and up to 247 flights a week from the south coast airport.

The regional carrier, subject to a takeover bid by a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium, is adding a Tuesday flight to Palma to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday departures.

The airline has also extended a Geneva ski route until mid-April.

Summer services from Southampton include flights to Alicante, Malaga and Faro; peak summer Saturday flights to Biarritz; double daily weekend flights to Jersey, high frequency services to Belfast City, Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle and up to two flights a day to Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Chief commercial officer Roy Kinnear said: “Our 2019 summer programme to and from Southampton offers a really comprehensive range of travel options. We look forward to welcoming more passengers on board our extra weekday flight to Palma.

Airport managing director Neil Garwood added: “The additional flights to Palma are great news for passengers who want more choice when planning their summer holidays.

“We are very pleased with Flybe’s decision to add more slots to our exciting summer schedule and are looking forward to welcoming even more passengers taking the opportunity to visit this stunning Mediterranean city.”