New routes will open for air passengers over to Europe

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TRAVELLERS will be able to fly direct from Hampshire to Munich in Germany and Lyon in France from next spring.

The routes, to be operated by Flybe, will be run with support of the Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

There will also be direct flights to Edinburgh from Oxford under the scheme.

Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said he welcomed the plans.

Mr Goodwill said: ‘Oxford and Southampton airports are vital engines for the south of England’s economy, connecting the UK and creating opportunities.’

The support has been given following a bidding competition was open to airports with fewer than 5m passengers per year and allows air routes that are not currently commercially viable today to be introduced.