Fast-growing charter carrier to take Swedes on holiday
The charter carrier Small Planet Airlines plans to open two new European bases in 2018, one in Chania on the Greek island of Crete and the other at Stockholm Arlanda.
The Lithuania-based leisure carrier, which has subsidiaries in Germany, Poland and Cambodia, says that “together with major Scandinavian tour operators” it will operate flights to Albania, Croatia, Greece and the Canary Islands.
The flights will start in April next year, twice a day with two A320 aircraft, and will carry around 170,000 passengers during the seven months of the summer season.
The airline currently flies 22 Airbus aircraft from nine European bases and plans to increase that to 28 planes in 2018.
According to Small Planet Airlines CCO Valentinas Jankelaitis, the Nordic countries have been on the company’s target list for quite some time.
“Our level of service perfectly complies with the needs of the Scandinavian market,” he says. “Furthermore, we are no longer merely a regional airline. Small Planet Airlines has grown into a European carrier that is trusted by major tour operators in the region.”
Small Planet opted for Crete as a new base due to its geographical location, enabling it to expand its route map and reach multiple Scandinavian airports from one base in the Mediterranean.
“For now, we have signed contracts for the upcoming summer season only. We seek to explore this new market and see what possible benefits it brings us. If everything goes according to plan, we hope to continue the cooperation,” Jankelaitis said.