By Daniel Hunter

Low cost airline Ryanair have announced a series of new flight routes that will create in the region of 1,000 new jobs.

The jobs will come at Liverpool, Manchester and East Midlands airports following the opening of nine new routes.

Chief executive Michael O'Leary said the company was "growing like gangbusters" and hoped to carry an extra one million passengers from 2013.

The expansion will also see two new aircraft added to operations at Manchester and East Midlands.

The company said it would be creating 460 new roles at East Midlands, 360 at Manchester and 180 at Liverpool.

"We're taking more and more big aircraft and placing those not at the big airports like Heathrow, but across the regions," Mr O'Leary said.

"People no longer want to travel down to Heathrow, they want to fly from their local airport."

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