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Ryanair ditches Brussels for Venice

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14:30 CEST+02:00
Low-cost airline Ryanair plans to shut down its routes from Stockholm Skavsta to Brussels, Kaunas and Gdansk due to a lack of profitability. Instead the company is to open up three new lines from its Swedish hub, taking passengers to Venice, Sardinia and Marseille.

"We are continually looking at the development of our routes and we have come to the conclusion that profitability and passenger numbers are too weak on the routes that we have decided to close," said Ryanair's Nordic manager, Wilhelm Hamilton.

Competition is fierce in the bid to attract passengers flying from Stockholm to Brussels. SAS flies there from Arlanda, while SN Brussels heads to the Belgian capital from Bromma.

Ryanair has long viewed Eastern Europe as a growth market for flights from Skavsta. But the decision to drop the Gdansk and Kaunas lines means that only Riga remains.

"It hasn't really worked out as well as we had hoped for Gdansk and Kaunas. But we haven't lost faith in flying to Eastern Europe from Skavsta and are currently considering various alternatives there," said Wilhelm Hamiton.

Ryanair is set to launch its new routes from Skavsta to Venice, Sardinia and Marseille this May.

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