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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.

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‘We agree to disagree’: Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

By lunchtime on Friday, talks between the Scandinavian airline SAS and unions representing striking pilots were still stuck on "difficult issues".

'We agree to disagree': Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

“We agree that we disagree,” Roger Klokset, from the Norwegian pilots’ union, said at lunchtime outside the headquarters of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise in Stockholm, where talks are taking place. “We are still working to find a solution, and so long as there is still some point in continuing negotiations, we will do that.” 

Mats Ruland, a mediator for the Norwegian government, said that there were “still several difficult issues which need to be solved”. 

At 1pm on Friday, the two sides took a short break from the talks for lunch, after starting at 9am. On Thursday, they negotiated for 15 hours, breaking off at 1am on Friday morning. 

READ ALSO: What’s the latest on the SAS plane strike?

Marianne Hernæs, SAS’s negotiator on Friday told journalists she was tired after sitting at the negotiating table long into the night. 

“We need to find a model where we can meet in the middle and which can ensure that we pull in the income that we are dependent on,” she said. 

Klokset said that there was “a good atmosphere” in the talks, and that the unions were sticking together to represent their members.

“I think we’ve been extremely flexible so far. It’s ‘out of this world’,’ said Henrik Thyregod, with the Danish pilots’ union. 

“This could have been solved back in December if SAS had not made unreasonable demands on the pilots,” Klokset added. 

The strike, which is now in its 12th day, has cost SAS up to 130m kronor a day, with 2,550 flights cancelled by Thursday, affecting 270,000 passengers. 

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