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Ryanair seeks Sweden expansion

TT/Rebecca Martin · 4 Oct 2011, 16:02

Published: 04 Oct 2011 16:02 GMT+02:00

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”We'd like to start flying domestic flights in Scandinavia. The problem we face is that many airports are owned by the state, which is eager to support SAS, and therefore charge high rates. But I think this will be changing soon,” Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said in an interview with Swedish news agency Direkt.

Currently the company operates at seven airports in Sweden and according to Direkt they are in negotiations with an additional seven.

In total, Ryan Air flies to 14 destinations in Scandinavia and has two hubs, one in Skavsta, south of Stockholm and another near Oslo (Oslo-Rygge) in Norway.

The company is hoping to have established 3-4 more Scandinavian destinations within a year's time.

One or two are expected to be located in Sweden, in the north or central parts of the country. Ryanair is planning to begin negotiations with the airports within a few weeks.

“We'll consider it a great success if we have one or two more airports by summer 2012,“ O'Leary told daily Aftonbladet.

According to O'Leary, Scandinavia and Central Europe are the regions within which the company is mostly looking to expand.

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The turbulence on the financial market in recent months has worked in the airline's favour, according to O'Leary.

“The recession has been good for us. It has made us grow faster,” he said referring to customers being more likely to choose a low cost alternative during times of financial trouble.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:03 October 4, 2011 by rob582
Dont waste your time with this airline, its not worth the money. Spent years putting up with cancellations, delays and bad customer service. Been flying with Norwegian now for 18 months and have never looked back. Just as cheap with a big airline feel.
09:27 October 5, 2011 by occassional
Never again! Not after what I have been through with these rotten lot. Not even if THEY pay me.
09:33 October 5, 2011 by Nemesis
If you are going to get an Airline, get in Norwegian. They are cheap, good service, reliable, friendly, helpful and allow you to book extra luggage.

For those of you with children or travelling home with lots of presents. With Norwegian during booking you can book to take on board 2 x 20 kilo bags and a 10 kilo bag carry on luggage.

Also Norwegian will help accomodate diasabled passengers, unlike Ryanair who will refuse to let them fly, every chance it gets, leaving them stranded in airports. Ryanair is a nightmare.
10:18 October 5, 2011 by Gletta
For me Ryanair has opened up a whole new set of opportunities form both Rygge and Gothenburg and I have gone to many places and more often than ever I could have with the old state carriers. Norwegian are Ok but have all but pulled out of Rygge. Easyjet are improving. I have flown over 35 flights on Ryanair. None have been cancelled. Two have arrived over one hour late but less than 1.5. Four have been up to 45 mins late. The rest have landed early or with 15 mins.
11:05 October 5, 2011 by Great Scott
Great news for the Swedish, this will provide badly needed jobs. Great to see the Irish giving Sweden a helping hand.
12:05 October 5, 2011 by Keith #5083

I have very similar experiences. I have found nothing, nothing, to complain about with the service and prices of Ryannair.Norwegian is also good but has been under some pressure from SAS with SAS 'attacking' Norwegian's market with supposedly low-cost fares.

Though I know of many of my countrymen (Brits) who like to complain about Ryannair.The fact is that it is more like a 'bus service' than a luxury flight service. It suits me fine :-) Absurd to think I can fly to UK at less cost than an express bus to Stockholm!
12:06 October 5, 2011 by Rick Methven

I usually pray for Ryanair flights to be late so that I do not have to suffer that bl**dy fanfare and announcement of

" Another on time flight by Ryanair"

Ryanair have been a boon to people enabling them to fly to more places than was affordable 15 20 years ago. They have just become the airline you love to hate, with a whole load of myths growing up about them.

They do exactly what is says on the tin, get you from A to B for the cheapest price. With legacy carriers and newer wannabe's in the market, there is always a choice, frills or price
15:17 October 5, 2011 by Gletta
Yes Rick - on the last flight I thought I had got away with it as we had almost come to a stop and I was thinking we were a bit late but no - someone remembered to press the button and the fanfare began.
18:04 October 5, 2011 by skogsbo
I think it's good news, SAS needs some competition to lower it's price and improve service. They could actually learn off Ryan Air, who provide exactly the service you pay for, where SAS aim high, achieve low, the same with their sister Cimber etc.. all dire.

As said, it will bring work and keep regional airports busy.
23:30 October 5, 2011 by stremesp
I have flown to Sweden and Norway with Ryanair from the UK about 30 times in the last 8 years. I can't remember any flight being late and on every occasion no other airline came close to Ryanair's low prices.

As several others have said, they do what they promise: on-time, low cost flights. If you want to pay 3 or 4 times the price for a seat that slightly reclines for a flight of less than 2 hours choose another airline!

So good luck Ryanair in flying to morer destinations across Scandinavia - and how about adding London - Karlstad to your routes?
15:34 October 6, 2011 by hjoian
Come on Ryan air......Gatwick to Falkoping would be good route!

Never had a late flight. Cheap as chips journey on one of the youngest fleets in aviation,and people still complain. Well done RA
21:24 October 6, 2011 by JulieLou40
I hate Ryanair as much as anybody else, but if they started flying Luleå to Skavsta, I think I could change my mind!!! Then I wouldn't have to fart around with the two-bus transfer from the bus station out to Skavsta (and in reverse too). On a hot day it could make you want to kill yourself!
22:44 October 6, 2011 by Rick Methven

I should not hold your breath waiting for Ryanair to start operating from kallax. It is one of those LFV airports that keeps landing & handling fees high to support SAS. A few years ago I was working on a plan to bring a load of flights into Luleå on transit between the US and the far east. The very high charges charged made it a non starter. LFV/SAS would cut off their nose to spite their face
15:43 October 7, 2011 by Eagle63
How about Rotterdam - Lidkoping.....?
17:31 October 7, 2011 by Lotus2035
Been flying from Stockholm to Dublin with Ryanair for the past 10 years and never had any problems.
13:05 October 8, 2011 by framboize
How could one compalin about Ryanair, when it costs more to get food at an airport in Sweden than the cost of the airline ticket???
23:44 October 9, 2011 by Abe L

SAS already has very fair prices. The only good thing with this would be getting all the scrubs out of the real airlines and hopefully making SAS focus more on inter-european and inter-continental travel. Two areas in which they are severely lacking, especially with the number of served US locations. Currently they are loosing a lot of business to Lufthansa/KLM/BA because of that.
12:41 October 12, 2011 by bravedave
I have flown with Ryan Air over 50 times in 6 years. The only delays were caused by Gatwick not di-icing the runway properly and in turn laying down a new layer of ice. Nothing to to with Ryan Air who have ridiculous turn over times so they can shuttle you from A-B via C as soon as they can.

Some people are missing the point as well here. I fly every year to either France or Italy for summer holidays and they fly me to the middle of nowhere, which exactly where I want to be! If I wanted to fly to a major city I would fly with a major carrier but Ryan Air give you that option. If you want to fly to a major city cheap then you just hop on there little bus. Otherwise you stay in the Pisa, Perugia, bergamo, biaritz, cognac area. Brilliant!
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