Ryanair has announced that from next year it will operate two weekly flights out of Manchester Airport to Genoa, Italy. 

The new route will start in April 2022 twice a week. 

The airline said the new route will help towards rebuilding the UK's tourism industry, the recovery of local jobs and the economy.

Genoa is a port city and the capital of northwest Italy's Liguria region.

In the old town is the Romanesque Cathedral of San Lorenzo and narrow lanes open onto monumental squares like Piazza de Ferrari, the site of an iconic bronze fountain and Teatro Carlo Felice opera house.

Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason McGuinness, said: ““We are pleased to add this new route to Genoa as part of the UK’s S’22 schedule, offering our customers yet another amazing European destination to choose from when planning their long-awaited summer holidays."

To celebrate the new route, Ryanair has launched a £19.99 seat sale for travel until June 30 2022.

Holiday goers must book by midnight on Thursday December 16 at midnight to take advantage of the bargain tickets.

Tickets to Genoa can be booked via the Ryanair website.