|The impact of Ryanair: Traffic of under one million in 2003 is expected to reach 2.7 million in 2008.|
|Skavsta is here. Maps comparing the distance and time it takes to get downtown from Stockholm’s many airports are curiously hard to come by. The bus from Skavsta costs about $30.|
This June Ryanair celebrated a decade of flying at Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) airport and marked the occasion by announcing plans to base two more aircraft at the airport this winter, bringing to six the number of 737-800s based there. It took five years before Ryanair started a second route at Skavsta, to Frankfurt Hahn, and not until April 2003 were any aircraft based there.
But six new routes started in April 2003 to Aarhus, Glasgow Prestwick, Hamburg Lübeck, Oslo Torp, Paris Beauvais and Tampere, although none of the three Nordic routes flourished and all were abandoned in January 2004. However, other routes were added and by summer 2006 a total of 13 destinations were served by Ryanair.
|The six Ryanair aircraft will be kept busy at Skavsta this winter: four of them depart before 07:00 and none of them return to base before 23:00. Oporto and Malta services at over four hours are possibly the longest in Ryanair’s network.|
Huge investment in 2007
This summer has seen the addition of new routes to Alghero, Bremen, Marseille, Rimini and Venice Treviso and this winter 15 further new routes will be added, including some seasonal ski routes. The six aircraft based at NYO this winter will be kept busy. Four of them depart before 07:00 and none of them return to base before 23:00.
Several routes such as Bremen, Dublin, Düsseldorf Weeze, Marseille and Glasgow Prestwick are served by aircraft based at these airports while two of the three London Stansted rotations are served by London-based aircraft.
The routes to Oporto and Malta are both over four hours long, possibly the longest in Ryanair’s network.
Ryanair the key driver of Skavsta’s growth
|Source: Stockholm Skavsta Airport|
A look at how the airport’s traffic has grown since 2003 reflects the impact of Ryanair’s services.
Total annual traffic has grown from under one million passengers to 1.77 million in 2006. With the latest route additions from Ryanair and other carriers the airport expects to handle between 2.5 and 2.7 million passengers in 2008.
Wizz Air flies to Central Europe
Wizz Air is the second largest airline at Skavsta with five routes to Central Europe (Katowice, Budapest, Gdansk, Poznan and Warsaw). Ryanair, despite a significant presence in Poland has yet to serve the market from Stockholm.