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EasyJet introduces new routes from Stockholms Arlanda airport

Thursday 30 Oct 2008 8:13am

Budget airline easyJet has introduced two new flight routes from Stockholm's Arlanda airport to the cities of Milan in Italy and Geneva in Switzerland. This is in direct competition with services operated by Scandinavian airline SAS. The maiden voyage left Stockholm last Monday for Milan airport. This Monday, easyJet's service to Geneva will begin operations. One-way fares for both routes will cost 29. 99 Euros (297 kronor, $39. 60) until the end of this year. According to easyJet's website, the one-way base fare will be cut to 23. 99 Euros from January 2009. At the moment, the only other airline serving Milan and Geneva from Arlanda airport in Stockholm is SAS. SAS spokesperson Lars Andersen said: 'If travellers want to go to those regions, this is a direct competitor. ' Mr Andersen added, however, that SAS operates more frequent services to Geneva and Milan and offers customers superior connections to other routes within Sweden and Scandinavia. That said, both of easyJet's daily afternoon departures to Milan operate on direct routes, while SAS offers only one direct flight from its daily routes from Stockholm to Milan. SAS operates only one direct flight out of its repertoire in excess of 20 daily flights to Geneva on some days, while all eight of easyJet's weekly departures to Geneva are direct. The new easyJet routes were welcomed by a spokesperson from Arlanda airport: 'Competition is always good for travellers and further develops the product'. Oliver Aust, who has overseen easyJet's Swedish launch commented: 'We try to fill all our aircraft on the routes we fly. What differentiates us from other low price airlines is that we don't fly to several different places, but only to larger airports like Arlanda. In addition, we sell all our tickets over the internet, which is a reason why we can be so cheap. ' Mr Aust added that easyJet's more economical new aircraft also help to keep fuel costs down.

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