An air service between Southampton and |Cork is to be scrapped.

Aer Lingus has confirmed it will stop its flights from Southampton Airport to Cork in May.

It is understood ticket sales were not meeting targets.

The service, operated by Stobart Air, began in March 2016, and has run up to five flights per week.

Stobart issued the following statement: "“Beginning 20 May 2019, the airline will suspend the Cork to Southampton route. All scheduled flights on this route between now and 20 May will operate as normal. All passengers impacted have been notified and offered alternative travel options or a full refund.

“This decision follows a comprehensive review of our overall route network and performance and how we best deploy aircraft and services to ensure we continue to develop our routes to meet customer demand.”

Southampton Airport said it was "disappointed" by the news.