Austrian airline Lauda has announced plans to operate a new route from Ireland West Airport in Co Mayo. 

The company will launch a new service to Palma Majorca in Spain from next March. 

It will operate two return services each week for the spring/summer season. 

The airline, founded by the late Formula One driver Niki Lauda and then bought by Ryanair, is based in Vienna and flies to 38 destination across Europe.

Its decision to select Ireland West as a base has been welcomed by the airport's Chairman Arthur French. 

He said it was a vote of confidence in the region, which would further enhance the offering to customers across the west and northwest.

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