New Swedish destination for Wizz Air

London-registered low-cost airline Wizz Air said on Wednesday it would offer flights from Lithuania's second largest city Kaunas to Malmö in Sweden and the Danish capital Copenhagen.

“Flights to Malmö and Copenhagen will be be launched on March 27. At first we shall offer three flights a week,” the airline said in a statement.

Wizz Air started operations in Lithuania on December 1, 2005, offering flights from Kaunas to the Polish capital, Warsaw, with connections to major European cities.

Wizz Air is one of two low-cost airlines operating from Kaunas, situated some 100 kilometres from the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. Ireland’s Ryanair offers daily flights from Kaunas to London and plans to launch flights to Stockholm and Dublin this spring.

Wizz Air has carried 2.2 million passengers since it began operations in May 2004.

Ireland and Britain, which with Sweden were the only three older European Union members to fully open their job markets to workers from new EU member states in the former Eastern Bloc, have been favourite destinations for Lithuanians since May 2004, when the the Baltic country joined the EU.