MSC Cruises has launched new regional flights to service Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh airports between April and September 2010, full details to be revealed at the ABTA conference between the 6-8 October 2009 in Barcelona.

The flights are priced at £249 for a return journey and include transfers to and from the port. They will be serviced by Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook, Flybe and Jet2 and will coincide with Mediterranean departures from Barcelona, Venice and Mallorca.

Giulio Libutti, managing director of MSC Cruises UK and Ireland said: “As a result of the 50 per cent growth in sales activity between 2008 and 2009 and continued predicted year-on-year growth in the UK, MSC Cruises has expanded its service offering with a range of regional flights. These flights will ultimately open up MSC fly/cruise holidays to a wider UK audience.”

Manchester:

Between 2 April to 30 October 2010, flights between Manchester and Barcelona will depart every Friday with Monarch Airlines.

UK passengers opting for fly/cruise trips onboard MSC Fantasia will be eligible for these flights.

Between 2 May and 26 September 2010, return flights between Manchester and Venice will depart every Sunday with Flybe. UK passengers opting for fly/cruise trips onboard MSC Musica will be eligible for these flights.

Between 1 May and 25 September 2010, return flights between Manchester and Mallorca will depart every Saturday with Thomas Cook. UK passengers buying fly/cruise trips onboard MSC Lirica will be eligible for these flights.

Birmingham:

Between 1 May and 9 October 2010, return flights between Birmingham and Mallorca will depart on Saturdays with Monarch Airlines. UK passengers opting for fly/cruise trips onboard MSC Lirica will be booked on these flights.

Edinburgh:

Between 3 May and 13 September 2010, return flights between Edinburgh and Venice will depart on Mondays with jet2 airlines. UK passengers opting for fly/cruise trips onboard MSC Armonia will be booked onto these flights.

For further information or to book a cruise with MSC Cruises visit www.msccruises.co.uk or call MSC Cruises on 0844 561 1955.

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