Nextjet will add frequencies and a new route to Kokkola-Pietarsaari on the Gulf of Bothnia.
The Swedish regional airline Nextjet is expanding at western Finland’s Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport, laying on more frequencies to Stockholm and opening a new route via Umeå to Gothenburg.
The additional flights to and from its hub in Stockholm Arlanda will be in effect from March 12, increasing to 13 times per week.
The number of passengers on the Stockholm-Kokkola route increased by over 10% in 2017, Nextjet says, warranting the rise in capacity.
“We can now meet the demand from passengers by increasing our offering and improving the schedules,” says Henning Lindberg, Nextjet marketing and route manager.
“We have an entirely new schedule with morning and evening departures, so we can look forward to the year 2018 with confidence.”
From Gothenburg and Umeå too
The airline will also open a new weekend route from Kokkola-Pietarsaari via Umeå to Gothenburg, starting from March, with a 50-seater CRJ 200 aircraft.
“The new route is an exciting opening, and it can be strengthened in the future with additional flights if there is more demand,” Lindberg says.
With a population of around 90,000, Kokkola is on the Gulf of Bothnia, midway between Vaasa and Oulu. The bilingual municipality has around 14% Swedish speakers and, until 1933, had a Swedish-speaking majority.
Kokkola-Pietarsaari – Karleby-Jakobstad in Swedish – is located about 20 kilometres south of central Kokkola and 30 kilometres northeast of Pietarsaari/Jakobstad.
Nextjet flies 14 domestic routes within Sweden, five routes to Finland and one to Norway, using its fleet of 15 mainly Saab 340 aircraft. It also operates Arctic Airlink, a tiny airline flying in the very north of the Nordics.