Published on : Thursday, July 9, 2020
easyJet will return to Stockholm Arlanda after its pause during the Covid-19 pandemic with a new direct route to the British capital on July 20. It will operate the Stockholm Arlanda-London Gatwick route four times a week year-round on A320 family aircraft. The airline is the only airline on the Stockholm Arlanda-London Gatwick route, while SAS – Scandinavian Airlines and British Airways will traffic Stockholm Arlanda-London Heathrow. As late as last autumn, easyJet flew the Stockholm Arlanda-London Luton route.
easyJet also resumed services to Berlin Tegel on July 1, followed by Milan Malpensa on July 31 and Geneva in September.
Because of changes in the aviation market following the shutdown due to the pandemic, there are opportunities to operate routes previously flown by other airlines at Stockholm Arlanda.
A number of airlines have now returned to Swedavia’s ten airports and will gradually increase service during the summer, primarily to European destinations, and then expand operations by the autumn.
“It is enormously gratifying that also easyJet has returned to Stockholm Arlanda, resuming some of its existing popular destinations while adding a new direct route to London Gatwick as well,” says Elizabeth Axtelius, Director Aviation Business at Swedavia. “We are cautiously looking forward to getting more air traffic and passengers back at our airports once the situation has stabilised, the borders have reopened, and travel restrictions have been removed. We have introduced extensive infection control measures to ensure the health and safety of everyone and create a safe environment for both employees and passengers at all of our airports”
“We are delighted to be resuming flights between London Gatwick and Stockholm from this month and welcoming customers back onboard, says Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager at easyJet. “Of course, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority. This is why we have implemented a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks. These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”
For current air traffic from Swedavia’s airports and more information about the safety measures being taken to prevent the spread of disease, please visit swedavia.se.
The Swedish Ministry for International Affairs removed travel restrictions for ten European countries as of June 30; to other countries in the EU, EES and Schengen, travel advice is expected to be removed on July 15 and to all other countries on August 31.
easyJet is focused on both operating efficiently now and on the development of electric aircraft in the future. In the interim the airline continues to offset the carbon emissions from the fuel used for all of its flights on behalf of all of its customers – the first major airline in the world to do so.
For many years, Swedavia has carried out ambitious sustainability work. All ten of its airports shall have zero emissions of fossil carbon dioxide from their own operations by 2020. Swedavia also works actively to promote the industry’s transition to bio fuel and has the goal that five per cent of all fuel used to refuel aircraft at Swedish airports shall be fossil-free by 2025.