Turkish Airlines has stepped in to fill a regional flying gap following the collapse of Thomas Cook.

The carrier is to operate a new route to Antalya in response to demand for the Mediterranean destination.

Flights will run twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays from June 3.

The airline will deploy a 162-seat Boeing 737-800 on the route.

Return fares start at £216 including checked luggage allowance of 23kgs plus cabin baggage.

Omer Faruk Alier, Turkish Airlines’ director in Birmingham, said: “This new route is being introduced in direct response to customer demand for the destination, as more people from across Birmingham and the surrounding area travelled to Turkey’s stunning riviera last year.”