Swedish regional carrier NextJet is to start services on a new Trondheim-Ostersund route next month, as part of an expansion programme over 2010.
The new service will operate from 22 February twice daily, using Saab 340As. NextJet will be the sole operator serving the route. The service will then fly on from Ostersund to Stockholm's city airport at Bromma.
NextJet already serves the northerly Swedish cities of Umea and Lulea from Ostersund and services from these two points will connect with the new Trondheim service. NextJet is also close to signing an interline agreement with Norway's Wideroe, says a NextJet spokesman, which will provide better connections for either carrier's passengers using the Norwegian coastal city.
The Swedish market is difficult at present, he says, but the airline believes it can prosper in hard times. The tricky market, the spokesman adds, is "actually to our advantage due to the kind of aircraft we operate, which are mostly turboprops".
He says: "Most of our competitors have larger-capacity aircraft, so it's easier for us to step in. We are foreseeing some expansion in the coming year.
"Our strategy is to come in on routes with weakening demand and build them up again. We are then able to put in larger capacity when the market returns."
NextJet operates three 68-seat British Aerospace ATPs, four Saab 340s - increasing soon to five - and two Raytheon Beech 1900Ds.