Three new winter routes are being added by Wizz Air UK, which has also announced a base in Siciliy.

The low cost carrier is to serve to Chisinau in Moldova and Cluj-Napoca in Romania from Liverpool John Lennon airport and  Catania in Sicily from Luton airport. Fares start at £17.99 one-way.

Wizz also announced it will base two aircraft in Catania as part of a new base at the airport on the Italian island of Sicily. It will fly to 20 destinations from the base aftr five new routes are introduced.

Twice-weekly flights to Catania start from Luton on October 22 with departures on Thursdays and Sundays.

The Moldovan capital of Chisinau and the Transylvanian city of Cluj-Napoca will also be connected twice a week from the Merseyside airport also from October 22

The expansion means that Wizz Air now offers a record 71 routes from Luton and 11 from Liverpool.

The new routes follow plans for two new UK bases with new links from Gatwick to Athens, Naples, Lanzarote and Malta and from Doncaster Sheffield airport to Alicante, Malaga, Larnaca, Lublin, Kosice, Faro, Suceava, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Lisbon and Eindhoven.

Managing director Owain Jones said: “We are delighted to be introducing new low-fare connections to Liverpool John Lennon and London Luton, to provide our loyal customers the opportunity to explore three vibrant cities, whether it’s wine tasting in Chisinau, museum hopping in Cluj-Napoca or a romantic dinner in Catania.”