A NEW route started from Bournemouth Airport to Crete this week.

Ryanair launched the route from Bournemouth on Tuesday, bringing the number of destinations the airline flies to from Bournemouth to 16.

Bournemouth Airport’s managing director, Paul Knight said: “It’s great news that Ryanair have officially launched their new route to Chania from Bournemouth Airport today, bringing the choice of Ryanair destinations from Bournemouth to 16 for summer.

“Ryanair passengers travelling through Bournemouth Airport can also take advantage of relaxed rules for airport shopping and can now take one shopping bag on board in addition to their hand luggage.

“We look forward to welcoming Ryanair’s passengers to Bournemouth Airport.”