Further low-cost expansion at Stockholm Arlanda – Eurowings to make major investment, set up new base and add twenty new European routes
The German low-cost carrier Eurowings continues to invest in the Swedish market and will set up a new base at Stockholm Arlanda Airport for the summer 2022 season. The carrier, owned by Lufthansa, will expand its range of destinations and improve access from Stockholm, adding twenty new direct routes in Europe.
Eurowings will be the third airline to set up a base at Arlanda in a short period of time. In May, the Irish-based low-cost carrier Ryanair announced its plans to open a base initially with two aircraft and some 20 European routes as well as domestic service to Gothenburg and Malmö. In July, One World Alliance member Finnair announced that it is placing three aircraft at Arlanda, making a major investment in Sweden with intercontinental service from Arlanda and enhancing access to Asia and the US.
“Eurowings’ continued expansion in Sweden entails a major increase in capacity and is a complement to our airports’ existing range of flights on offer. The fact that Eurowings has now chosen to set up a base at Arlanda is clear evidence of the airline’s strong faith in development opportunities in the largest market in Scandinavia and in the attractiveness of the Stockholm region. This improved access is important to the tourism industry across Sweden. The expansion also suggests further growth can be expected in the low-cost segment of the Swedish market going forward. We have a good collaboration with Eurowings, which we happily look forward to developing in the future,” says Elizabeth Axtelius, Director Aviation Business at Swedavia.
Eurowings intends to expand its summer 2022 programme in conjunction with the opening of the new base at Stockholm Arlanda in late March. With its set-up of operations, the German low-cost carrier will initially place 5 aircraft at Arlanda and launch twenty new European destinations, of which a couple will be new for the airport and complement Arlanda’s other destinations.
“Sweden is a market that fits perfectly with our goal to be the number one European value carrier. Since the pandemic, many travelers are no longer looking first for the cheapest ticket, but for an airline they can unconditionally trust in terms of safety, reliability, and social responsibility. With our Lufthansa DNA – for example an attractive network of low-cost direct flights and an unmatched customer service – we can offer just that,” says Jens Bischof, CEO at Eurowings.
Eurowings has provided service at Stockholm Arlanda for a number of years, and the new base will be its fourth one outside the German-speaking region. The airline sees opportunities and has recently developed its range of destinations in other parts of Sweden as well. Eurowings currently offers direct service from Arlanda to Hamburg and Düsseldorf. Before the pandemic, it also served Cologne and likewise flew from Göteborg Landvetter to Düsseldorf. Earlier this year, it launched direct service from Malmö to the capital of Kosovo, Pristina. The airline is also introducing international service to Stuttgart from both Kiruna and Luleå in December.
Planned routes for the S22 season from Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN). Additional routes to be announced: Barcelona, Rome, Mallorca, Nice, Copenhagen, Malaga, Birmingham, Gdansk, Alicante, Pristina, Faro and Berlin.
Eurowings offers a transfer product, which means passengers can book connecting flights from other airports it serves and take their baggage along with them on the entire journey. Eurowings is the Lufthansa Group’s low-cost carrier and part of the world’s largest airline group. It works continuously to improve and protect the climate and environment and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.