British Airways has announced its first new routes from Birmingham International Airport in two years as the airline gears up for its new low-fares operation.
After announcing the return of flights to Belfast from BIA last week, BA Connect, which succeeds the CitiExpress regional division, will add daily services to Berlin and Geneva.
David Evans, managing director of BA Connect, said: "These are the first new routes for two years. The important difference with BA Connect is we are about low fares, not no frills.
"As well as delivering the same great service one would expect from British Airways, our lower fares are inclusive, with no extras and we only operate to internationally recognised airports.
"The Midlands business community is already welcoming the news of the new routes and we believe many leisure travellers will also take advantage of our new lower fares and considerate, frequent schedules to these stimulating destinations."
The new operator will add 250,000 seats out of Birmingham when BA Connect launches on March 26. It will become the largest scheduled carrier at BIA, with 600 services per week to airports in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
The outspoken boss of no frills carrier Ryanair publicly questioned BA's commitment to BIA, predicting it would pull out of the airport by the end of the decade.
But Richard Heard, managing director of BIA, said: "These new routes are great news for Midland travellers, and shows BA Connect's commitment."
The restructuring of the CitiExpress operation - which employs 750 people in Birmingham - is seen as a bid to take on low cost rivals such as Ryanair, flybe and easyJet.