Niki Lauda’s revamped Austrian carrier plans to fly non-stop between Stuttgart and Gothenburg.
From April 1, Laudamotion – the revamped and refocussed former Niki now 75% owned by Ryanair – will fly between Stuttgart and Gothenburg with two weekly departures.
It is the first direct route that the Austrian carrier founded by racing driver Niki Lauda is launching to an airport in Sweden. The new service on an Airbus A320-family aircraft will have departures on Mondays and Fridays.
“There is strong demand for the new direct route,” the airport operator Swedavia maintains, adding that the number of annual passengers who departed Göteborg Landvetter with a stopover before landing at the final destination of Stuttgart grew from 2,000 in 2010 to 16,000 in 2017.
Swedavia says that the link between western Sweden and Stuttgart is important for the automotive industry and is also significant for the growing tourism traffic from Germany.
The headquarters of Daimler, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, Stuttgart is considered to be one of the world’s automotive centres and has significant business dealings with western Sweden.
“The new direct route between Gothenburg and Stuttgart is an addition that has long been desired and will above all make travel easier for our business passengers,” says Charlotte Ljunggren, the airport’s director.
“Two things that western Sweden and the Baden-Württemberg region have in common are an automotive industry with strong brands and a large number of subcontractors that will benefit from the new air link.”
Germany is the third most visited country by the western Swedes, and Stuttgart becomes Gothenburg’s sixth German destination together with Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich.
The Laudamotion fleet consists of 19 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft that fly out of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The new route to Gothenburg is part of an expansion that follows the deal with Ryanair earlier this year.
As a result of that agreement, four aircraft will be based in Vienna, four at Berlin Tegel, six in Dusseldorf, two in Zurich and one each in Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart.