In addition to a route already announced to Vienna, the Ryanair-backed carrier will soon compete with SAS on a German route.
Laudamotion will open a new route from Stuttgart to Copenhagen in the spring with six weekly departures – a route currently being operated by SAS.
The Austrian carrier, which is partially owned by Ryanair, has already announced a new route from Vienna to Copenhagen, starting on October 28 this year. But the Stuttgart route will be launched in April, CPH confirms to Check-In.dk.
“Laudamotion is a brand new company here at Copenhagen Airport, and already it is expanding and is opening a route to Stuttgart next April with six weekly departures,” Lars Lemche, the airport’s senior communications adviser, tells Check-In.dk.
The airline will station two Airbus A320/A321 aircraft at Stuttgart next year in addition to one plane already on the ground there. The two new aircraft will provide a total of 17 new routes from the German city and manufacturing hub.
Most of the new routes will go to southern Europe, but to Scandinavia it will also fly to Gothenburg with two flights a week.
With the new route to Copenhagen, Laudamotion will be in competition with SAS, which flies three times a day to Stuttgart with a Bombardier CRJ-900 from CityJet. SAS also flies between Stockholm Arlanda and Stuttgart.
The German city is an important destination for business travellers and is known as a hub for automotive production with companies such as Daimler, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche based there.
Ryanair to take 100%?
Laudamotion, recently founded by racing driver Niki Lauda after the airline Niki collapsed, made its first flight on March 25, and since then it has established bases in Vienna and several German airports.
Ryanair signed a deal in the spring to acquire 24.9% of the company and in July got EU approval to raise its shareholding to 75%. Now, according to Austrian media, Ryanair has signed an agreement with Niki Lauda to allow Ryanair to take 100% of Laudamotion within four years.