London City is regaining a much requested Stockholm link after a gap of several years. The new service, to be operated by Transwede using an 82-seater BAe 146 on behalf of SAS, starts on February 13.
Flights from London City will arrive at Stockholm's main Arlanda airport (38 km outside town) instead of more convenient Bromma (9 km from the city centre) which had been served (from City by former Malmo Aviation) in previous times. But Arlanda offers better possibilities for onward connections and (since the days of the former link) it now enjoys a dedicated Arlanda Express rail service into central Stockholm.
Flights operate twice daily from Monday to Friday and once daily on Sundays. Services leave City at 09.15 to reach Stockholm at 12.45 and again at 18.15 to arrive at 21.45. Inbound services (which include the Sunday service) leave Stockholm at 16.15 and arrive in City at 17.45.
Three classes will be offered (business, economy flex and economy) and SAS will offer one-way pricing enabling passengers to mix and match their class of travel. Fares start from £51 one-way.
Says Lars-Ove Filipson, GM for SAS in the UK, "Following the success of our new route to Copenhagen [launched last autumn], we now have a very compelling offering from London City. There is a huge market to be served from this airport and with the advent of the DLR [the rail service opened last December] London City has come of age."
Report by Alex McWhirter