Ryanair plans to fly a new route from Shannon Airport to Malta next year.

The service will start on March 27 and will run until October 27.

It will operate twice a week, each Thursday (departing Shannon at 5.25pm) and Sunday (departing Shannon at 10.40am).

The new Malta route brings to 20 the number of Ryanair services available from Shannon Airport next summer.

"We know that restoring connectivity is important to our airport customers and that is why we have been working hard with our airline partners to create exciting holiday opportunities," commented Mary Considine, CEO of Shannon Group.

"This brings to 20 the number of destinations Ryanair will serve from Shannon next summer including the three new Ryanair services which began operation last month to Fuerteventura, Birmingham and Budapest," she added.