Launch of SAS’s non-stop service to London – sign of strength, with three new international routes opening at Luleå Airport

2022-12-12, kl. 07:00

International connectivity to and from the region is growing, and three new international routes at Luleå Airport will start up in December. After a wait of several years, it is finally time for the launch of SAS’s new direct route to London. On December 16, French tour operator Quartier Libre and Transavia will begin service to Paris, followed by Eurowings route to Düsseldorf on December 25.

International connectivity to and from the region is growing, and three new international routes at Luleå Airport will start up in December. After a wait of several years, it is finally time for the launch of Scandinavian Airlines - SAS’s new direct route to London. On December 16, the French tour operator Quartier Libre and the airline Transavia will begin service to Paris, and on Christmas Day itself, Eurowings will launch non-stop service from Luleå to its hub in the German city of Düsseldorf.

On Friday December 9, at 7:05 a.m., the first flight on SAS’s new route to London Heathrow took off, and at 2:45 p.m. the first flight landed in Sweden with excited passengers from the UK. At Luleå Airport, the launch of service was celebrated by rolling out the red carpet, serving free refreshments and wishing all passengers a warm welcome to Sweden with its beautiful winter landscape or bon voyage. Non-stop service to and from London Heathrow will run on Mondays and Fridays until mid-March 2023.

“We are so pleased that we can celebrate the launch of service to and from London, after a wait of several years. The connectivity from Luleå Airport to an international destination with such great demand, as well as to the popular destinations of Paris and Düsseldorf, is fantastic and a sign of strength, indicating how attractive the region is. It is validation of the long-term work that we at Swedavia, together with the hospitality industry and businesses in the region, have carried out for a number of years. The new direct routes are an important addition for both business travellers and the leisure travel segment,” says Ann-Christin Viklund, airport director at Luleå Airport.

The United Kingdom is a crucial market for both business and leisure travel. Flying non-stop from a major international hub such as London Heathrow means that passengers can take advantage of airlines’ large networks of routes to fly elsewhere in the world, connecting this Swedish region with many more countries. The route is important for connectivity to the Luleå region for international visitors, but also for Swedes flying abroad and for business travellers.

The recovery in air travel continues. Compared to travel in November 2019, Luleå Airport continued to have the strongest growth of Swedavia’s ten airports, and domestic air travel at the airport was almost on a par with its pre-pandemic volume. For further information about current air traffic from Luleå Airport: swedavia.com/lulea.

Swedavia’s work for net zero aviation
Swedavia has carried out ambitious climate work. All ten of its airports achieved the goal of zero fossil carbon dioxide emissions from their own operations by year-end 2020. Swedavia also works actively to promote the switch to sustainable aviation fuel and has the goal that five per cent of all fuel used for refuelling at Swedish airports shall be fossil-free by 2025. Swedavia’s climate transition work and pioneering work to operate climate-smart airports have won international awards, and in 2021 the trade organisation Airports Council International (ACI) named Stockholm Arlanda Airport Eco-Innovation Airport of the Year. Swedavia offers all travellers flying from one of its airports the option of buying biofuel for their entire journey or parts of it via flygreenfund.se/swedavia.

For further information, please contact Swedavia’s press office at tel. +46(0)10-109 00 00 or press@swedavia.se, or Luleå Airport, Airport Director Ann-Christin Viklund at tel. +46(0)70-214 47 69.