City Airline restores Norwegian service

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Swedish regional carrier City Airline is to extend its services within Norway with a connection between Stavanger and Rygge, one of Oslo's secondary airports.

The new weekday service will be operated as an extension of City's existing Gothenburg-Stavanger service from 9 May. The Swedish carrier will use an Embraer ERJ-145 on the route.

City Airline commercial director and co-owner Martin Lansinger says that passenger loads on the existing Gothenburg-Stavanger sector have been generally satisfactory but it believes that the addition of Rygge, 60km southeast of the Norwegian capital, to the route will perk up the figures. It also improves the utilisation of the aircraft used on Gothenburg-Stavanger service.

Lansinger notes that Gothenburg-Stavanger was at one time operated by low-cost carrier Norwegian with a larger Boeing 737 and the CEO of Rygge airport, Paul Tandberg, says a large demand for a connection to Stavanger still exists.

After introducing a batch of six new routes last year, City is largely consolidating in 2011, says Lansinger. There will be frequency increases on its Gothenburg-Helsinki service in co-operation with Finnish carrier Blue1 but otherwise the rest of the year may only see "one or two" new services being introduced.