Ryanair plans Finnish routes to attract Russian travelers
Ryanair is in talks with Finnish airports near the Russian border on flights to help the airline attract more Russian customers.
The addition of airports in Finland will depend on Ryanair’s ability to reach agreements that will compensate for high airport fees, Erik Elmsaeter, Ryanair’s Nordic marketing chief, said today in an interview in Stockholm.
Lappeenranta Airport, currently Ryanair’s only airport in south-eastern Finland, already gets about 70pc of its clients from Russia, Elmsaeter said. The Finnish-Russian border lies 230 kilometers from St. Petersburg, a city with almost 5 million inhabitants.
The airline today said it will start flying from Norrkoeping in central Sweden to Alicante in Spain in May. Ryanair is in talks with “a number” of airports in Sweden and sees the Malmoe area in south Sweden as an attractive area to grow in, he said.