Ryanair scraps Sweden lines over flight tax

Low-cost airline Ryanair says it will scrap some of its routes from Sweden if the government’s proposed flight tax is introduced in the summer.

The airline says that the proposed 100 kronor flight tax means that certain routes from Malmö and Stockholm will no longer be profitable.

“This will cost passengers too much, and give us too small a profit,” airline spokesman Sean Coyle told Sydsvenskan.

Malmö Sturup Airport faces losing two lines – one of its two routes to London and one to Dublin. The company also plans to close the line from Västerås, near Stockholm, to London’s Luton Airport.

The repercussions for Sturup could also be drastic, as it faces fierce competition from nearby Copenhagen Kastrup Airport in Denmark, where flight tax has just been abolished. Fritidsresor has already announced that it is moving all its charter flights to Kastrup, and Fly Nordic is moving capacity to the Danish capital.

“This is dramatic for Sturup and for the region,” admitted Lennart Björk, managing director of Sturup, to Sydsvenskan.

“Thirty percent of current volume at Sturup is threatened,” he said, adding that it could lead to 400 job losses at the airport and in associated industries.

Västerås Airport announced on Wednesday that it was laying off 50 employees – half its staff – following the announcement. Ryanair accounts for 90 percent of the airport’s scheduled traffic.

However, airport managing director Ann Charlotte Knaust said that she was “sure” that another low-cost airline would take over the route, adding that contact had already been made with one or more airlines.

Ryanair said it has not yet decided what to do at Stockholm Skavsta and Gothenborg Säve airports.

The government’s proposal will become law in July unless it is rejected by parliament or withdrawn.

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Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority

Two Swedish citizens are suspected in connection with last week’s explosion at the Danish Tax Agency. One of the two is in police custody.

Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority
Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov addresses the press. Photo: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov confirmed the arrests to press on Wednesday morning.

“Both individuals are suspected of carrying out the detonation at the Tax Agency,” Skov said.

One man, aged 22, was arrested in Swedish city Malmö on Tuesday and will be extradited to Denmark. Once he reaches Copenhagen he will appear for preliminary court proceedings, which the prosecution will request take place behind closed doors.

Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten reports the 22-year-old has no previous criminal convictions in the country.

The second man, a 23-year-old, is yet to be detained but an international arrest warrant for him has been issued, Skov said.

“During the night, we also searched several addresses in Sweden. We hereby confiscated what we believe to be a car used by the suspects,” he said.

“We have one suspect on the loose, which means we must be careful about what we say, out of consideration for the investigation,” he added.

The superintendent did not add any detail about how police were able to connect the two individuals to the August 6th explosion.

Skov also stressed that police do not believe the tax authority blast to be connected to a similar incident at a police station in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighbourhood in the early hours of Saturday.

“There is nothing to suggest (a connection),” he said.