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Ryanair reverses plan to axe London route

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Ryanair reverses plan to axe London route
15:59 CEST+02:00
Ryanair has reversed plans to axe its routes between Stockholm Västerås and London, the airline has confirmed.

The Irish budget airline had announced last month that it planned to drop flights from the airport, 102 kilometres west of Stockholm, from November. It said it was axing the route as part of a plan to cut traffic from its London Stansted base by 17 percent.

Ryanair's marketing manager Henrike Schmidt told The Local that plans to chop the Västerås line had never been written in stone:

“Our winter schedule isn't finalized, but we are looking to continue the route.”

Ryanair also revealed on Thursday that it would launch a route to Madrid from Stockholm Skavsta Airport, near Nyköping, and one to Rome from Gothenburg City Airport. Earlier this summer it announced new routes between Gothenburg and Edinburgh, Charleroi in Belgium and Kaunas in Lithuania.

In a separate move, SAS announced on Wednesday that it was opening the first scheduled service between Luleå and London Heathrow. The airline will operate one flight every Saturday in each direction.

“This will make it easier and more convenient for northern Swedes to get to London. There is also a great interest in England in visiting Lappland and the fantastic tourism opportunities in the Luleå area,” said Robin Kamark, chief commercial officer of SAS.

Stockholm's centrally-located Bromma Airport will also get a new international route from 16th August, when Finnair launches its new service to Helsinki. With one flight daily, the route will feed into Finnair's broad network of flights to Asia, as well deepening connections between the two Nordic capitals.

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