Ryanair’s Austrian offshoot Laudamotion is to fly from Liverpool John Lennon airport for the first time.

Twice weekly flights to Vienna are planned from winter 2019 with fares starting at €19.99 one way.

The Airbus A320 service is scheduled to start on October 28 with Monday and Friday departures.

Laudamotion, which currently only serves Stansted in the UK,  is the third new airline to be announced in Liverpool in the last nine months.

Airport aviation development director Paul Winfield said: “For Laudamotion to choose Liverpool to be their first UK regional airport to operate from, is a tremendous achievement for the airport and shows how attractive operating from here is becoming for some of Europe’s top airline’s.

“Vienna is another new destination to be served from Liverpool and we expect this to be popular with both the leisure traveller and the region’s business community.”

The carrier’s managing director Andreas Gruber added: “Our routes work because we have the right offer for price-sensitive customers.

“In particular, with our new city shuttle routes, I’m sure to increase the traffic with our new non-stop service to and from Vienna.”