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Gothenburg courted by low-cost air carriers

Gothenburg courted by low-cost air carriers

Published: 08 Jul 2010 17:04 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Jul 2010 17:04 GMT+02:00

Gothenburg's airports have become the new hotspots for budget flights, with EasyJet and Ryanair both increasing service to the city in the autumn.

EasyJet will begin new direct flights from Landvetter to London, Berlin and Manchester in the autumn, while Ryanair has launched a new route between Gothenburg City Airport and Edinburgh.

With its new destinations from Gothenburg, EasyJet will have doubled the number of routes it flies to in Europe in less than a year.

"EasyJet launching three routes to our region is creating new opportunities for the tourism and hospitality industries," said Olle Sundin, director of Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport.

"This further increases the accessibility of Gothenburg and western Sweden. We may see an increase in demand, which is largely due to the improved economic situation," he added.

Passenger traffic at Landvetter grew 12 percent more in June than last year to 402,120, Göteborgs-Posten reported on Thursday. International traffic was the big winner, increasing 17 percent, while domestic traffic fell by 1 percent.

From January to June, passenger traffic increased 5 percent to 1.9 million passengers, with international passengers rising by 6 percent and domestic passengers by 3 percent.

"The positive trend at Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport is very gratifying," Sundin told GP. "We work hard to provide good conditions for both travelers and airlines and contribute to the development of the region."

Added Leif Nilsson, CEO of Göteborg & Co., "All new direct routes to Gothenburg are good for the development of the region," GP reported.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:20 July 8, 2010 by JulieLou40
Why don't easyjet fly from newcastle to many routes? It seems that unless you want to go to Spain or London from newcastle, you're stuffed. My parents are visiting me from the Northeast next month, and are having to go to Edinburgh to fly over here. :-(
10:14 July 9, 2010 by Joe Curry
Swings and roundabouts #1? There are many routes that potential Edinburgh passengers have to travel to Newcastle for.
10:49 July 9, 2010 by Nemesis
I really wish Easyjet or preferably Norwegian would fly from Sturup or Göteborg to Belfast international (Aldergrove).

As I have family back home, I travel with presents and also am not a nudist so have to have luggage. Therefore Ryanair is not for me.
11:53 July 9, 2010 by Eagle63
How about a service to/from Rotterdam !?

Many people here realy would like to see that....
11:54 July 9, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Eagle63

I would second that.
17:00 July 9, 2010 by _Dave
Yes, and I'd really like to see a service to Tuva.
19:44 July 9, 2010 by pearldrummer
I'm thrilled that there's to be a service with Easyjet between Manchester and Gothenburg, my family will be making a lot of use of that route!
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