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Ryanair aircraft in Gothenburg (photo: Swedavia / Jens Christian Bladh)

Gothenburg-Dublin route to launch

In a turnaround from tensions between the airport and Ryanair in 2016, the budget carrier has announced another Landvetter route.

Ryanair’s growth at Göteborg Landvetter continues. The airline is launching its fourth new addition – after Barcelona, Manchester and Prague – to the schedules there with a direct route to Dublin starting from the 2019 summer season.

It is a contrast to the tensions between the airport and Ryanair in 2016. Flights will depart for the capital of the Emerald Isle twice a week starting in April, with the budget carrier flying between its home base of Dublin and Gothenburg on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Indirect traffic between the two cities has more than doubled since 2011, according to the Swedish airport operator Swedavia, as it is increasingly popular with business travellers as well as leisure travellers heading in both directions.

The new route will also make it easier for many Irish people who travel to the Gothenburg region to visit friends and relatives, Swedavia says.

“We are pleased that a rapidly expanding Ryanair sees the potential of this growing region of western Sweden and has chosen to launch another direct route here,” said Charlotte Ljunggren, director of Göteborg Landvetter Airport.

“Above all, it will benefit our business travellers, since that volume has tripled in six years and now accounts for 40% of the traffic that has to make a stopover between Gothenburg and Dublin today.”

She added: “With the carrier’s modern aircraft fleet, leisure travellers are also offered a smooth air link to a new weekend destination.”

Trade and Vikings
Swedavia says in its marketing for the new route that “despite its small size, the Irish capital is a global city and a popular destination. Dublin has a long history dating back to Viking times and with its modern culture today, Dublin is a centre for education, art, music, business and trade.”

It adds that a number of multinational companies in the fields of IT, medicine and communications have operations in the region such as Microsoft, Pfizer, Google, Facebook and LinkedIn.

“We’re pleased to once again announce a new Gothenburg route,” commented Chris Lundshøj, Ryanair sales and marketing executive for Scandinavia and the Baltics.

“Dublin is our new route, following already announced Barcelona, Manchester and Prague, commencing in April 2019, which will operate twice weekly as part of our summer 2019 schedule.”

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