|Orio al Serio is Bergamo's airport|
Jet2.com, which already operates a service from Leeds-Bradford to Bergamo’s Orio al Serio airport, will add the Manchester route in May. Initially, plans are to fly to Bergamo once per week.
Ian Doubtfire, managing director of Jet2.com, said: “We are delighted to announce more new routes for our customers in the north west.
“Bergamo gives people easy access to the beautiful Italian Lakes, including the stunning Lake Garda.“
Jet2.com currently flies to 35 destinations from Manchester and carried more than a million passengers in 2010, an increase of 20 per cent on 2009. The airline is predicting similar growth in 2011 to 1.2m passengers.