Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, is increasing its flight offerings in Lappeenranta. A new route will be launched between Lappeenranta and southern Germany in October. The route will be flown from Memmingen Airport, located 110 kilometres southwest of Munich.
Flights to Budapest and Berlin will resume at the end of October. A new Vienna route will open in March 2021. A connection to Bergamo, Milan commenced already in July, but due to the current coronavirus situation, the service will be suspended after August, to be resumed at the end of October.
All routes at Lappeenranta Airport are designed to be year-round and are operated twice a week. According to Eija Joro, CEO of Lappeenranta Airport Ltd, if all agreed flights can be operated without disruption in 2021, the passenger volume at the airport will increase significantly.
- “With the now agreed routes, the number of one-way passengers could rise to as high as 180,000 next year. We are striving to build an ideal selection of routes specifically with a view to the growth and vitality of tourism in the Lake Saimaa region.”
- “Even if there are changes to the plans due to travel restrictions in between, the agreed air connections will resume when the situation permits”, Joro adds.
The global pandemic poses challenges for airline traffic and tourism businesses. Lappeenranta Airport operates in full compliance with national and international regulations and recommendations, in close cooperation with various authorities. The pandemic is also changing people’s travel behaviour.
- “Peaceful destinations close to nature such as Finland and Lake Saimaa, where you can spend a relaxing holiday without crowds, are becoming ever more attractive. German-speaking Europe and northern Italy are markets with very high potential and are the focus of joint tourism marketing. We are really pleased that direct, inexpensive and year-round connections have now been arranged from Berlin, Bavaria, Bergamo, Budapest and Vienna to Lappeenranta”, Joro rejoices.
Chiara Ravara, Head of Sales and Marketing at Ryanair, believes that Lappeenranta and the Lake Saimaa region are of interest to German tourists.
- Ryanair is delighted to launch this new Memmingen route to Lappeenranta, with a twice weekly service commencing at the end of October. With lots to do and see, we believe Lappeenranta has so much to offer visitors, and we’re looking forward to bringing thousands of German tourists to Lappeenranta, Lake Saimaa, and its surrounds.
Lappeenranta Airport Ltd
CEO Eija Joro,
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Chairman of the Board
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