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New: Manchester-Gothenburg, Bordeaux-Copenhagen

Two new direct routes have been announced for the Nordic region in spring 2019, from the same airline.

Swedes will get another route to the football, academic and business hub of Manchester, England, with the start of flights there from Gothenburg Landvetter next year.

Ryanair will fly a non-stop service to the popular cultural destination and third-biggest metropolitan area in the UK starting from April 3, with two departures per week on Wednesdays and Sundays on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Airport operator Swedavia says the new route “will make travel easier for the 18,000 passengers who fly there each year via another airport”.

Nearly half of the people who fly between Gothenburg and Manchester are business travellers, and exchanges between the two cities are important for commerce.

Brexit or no Brexit, the UK is also a key export market for Sweden, and the Manchester region is growing rapidly, especially with its major investments in research and development, primarily in the life sciences.

“It is good and important that we will now have the opportunity to offer our travellers a new air link to Manchester,” declares Helena Wiberg Klint, acting airport director and head of business development at Gothenburg Landvetter.

“A number of British companies in the Gothenburg region, and Swedish companies with operations in Manchester, have been asking for this route.”

Chris Lundshøj, Ryanair’s sales and marketing executive for Scandinavia and the Baltics, added: “We’re pleased to announce another new route to Göteborg Landvetter Airport with a twice-weekly service from Manchester, one of Ryanair’s biggest airports in the United Kingdom.”

Meanwhile, Ryanair is opening two new bases in France, at Bordeaux and Marseille, with two aircraft based at each.

This “significant expansion in France” as part of the airline’s summer 2019 schedule brings a combined 27 new routes connecting 12 countries.

One of these is to the Nordic region – a three-times-a-week route between Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, and Copenhagen.

It will be one of 16 new routes from Bordeaux, the others being to Bari, Cologne Bonn, Dublin, Fez, Krakow, Manchester, Marrakesh, Marseille, Mykonos, Nantes, Naples, Ouarzazate, Tangier, Valencia and Venice Treviso.

Ryanair’s new Marseille base, meanwhile, will deliver 11 new routes to Agadir, Alicante, Bologna, Bordeaux, Bucharest, Budapest, Manchester, Naples, Ouarzazate, Prague and Warsaw.

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