The budget carrier will clash against arch rival Wizz Air on Budapest-Gothenburg, while Lappeenranta is also in its sights.
Ryanair has expanded its schedules from central Europe again, this time from Budapest Airport, announcing routes to six destinations including Gothenburg and Lappeenranta.
The six routes, the others being to Catania, Luxembourg, Poznan and Tel Aviv, mean that the low-cost carrier will be offering a total of 46 routes from the Hungarian gateway during the upcoming winter season.
Although it faces no competition on its operations to Lappeenranta in eastern Finland or to Luxembourg and Poznan, Ryanair is confronting one of its many arch rivals, Hungary’s Wizz Air, on the Gothenburg route.
From Göteborg Landvetter’s point of view, the new Ryanair route means that “in a short period of time several direct routes have been established at [the airport].”
The number of Ryanair routes to and from Gothenburg has doubled in the last three years and this is the 20th non-stop service there operated by the airline.
The flights are scheduled to start on October 29 with two departures a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with a Boeing B737-800 with seating for 189 passengers.
Starting that same week, the route to Lappeenranta will also have two weekly departures.
Ryanair has also confirmed frequency increases on existing links from Budapest, including raising its Copenhagen to daily, with other capacity rises to Berlin Schönefeld (nine times weekly), London Stansted (25 times weekly), Milan Bergamo (11 times weekly) and Prague (nine times weekly).
“Budapest is a popular destination from Göteborg Landvetter, and with the new Ryanair service people in western Sweden will now have more departures to choose from,” the Swedish airport says.
About 70,000 people fly between Gothenburg and Budapest each year, it adds, a number that is equally divided between Swedes and Hungarians. Most of the Swedes are leisure travellers, while the Hungarians visiting Gothenburg do so as tourists and to visit friends and family.
“It is nice to note that in the past few years there is a greater increase in Hungarians travelling here than in people from western Sweden travelling there, so it is clear that our region is attractive for visiting and experiencing,” says Anna Strömwall, director of Göteborg Landvetter Airport.
On the Hungarian side, Balázs Bogáts, head of airline development at Budapest Airport, commented: “In just three years Ryanair has come close to doubling the number of passengers it has welcomed to Budapest Airport, as early forecasts predict the carrier will deliver more than three million travellers to our gateway in 2019.”