Thursday, 27 December 2007

Up to 50% discount at Sterling Airlines

Scandinavian Airline Sterling is celebrating New Years with a special offer.

It is possible to save up to 50% on all Sterling routes from the UK (listed below). You can book flights up until 25th October making a trip to Scandinavia in 2008 more affordable.


Gatwick to Copenhagen

Gatwick to Oslo

Gatwick to Stockholm

Gatwick to Malmo

Gatwick to Billund

Gatwick to Aalborg

East Midlands to Copenhagen

East Midlands to Oslo

East Midlands to Stockholm

Edinburgh to Copenhagen

Edinburgh to Stockholm

Sales period: 27 December 2007 (11:00) – 07 January 2008 (23:00)

Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Sleep in a jumbo jet in Stockholm

Visitors to Stockholm could soon have a new option for cheap airport accommodation – a Boeing 747 at Arlanda airport.

Stockholm could then have a really good range of hostels including a boat and a prison

Uppsala businessman Oscar Diös has been given permission by airport owner LFV and the Swedish National Roads Administration to open a youth hostel in a Jumbo Jet parked by the airport entrance.

Diös plans to rip out the plane’s 500 seats and instead install 80 beds. The cockpit will be made into a suite, and some of the equipment will be preserved.

”The challenge is that nobody has done this before, so there’s no precedent. But essentially it’s like fitting out any kind of metal barracks,” Diös told newspaper UNT.

Uppsala Council’s building and traffic committee said it was positive towards the unusual hostel.

”We’re likely to approve it as there have been positive reactions from the responsible authorities,” said committee chairman Göran Hammarsjö to UNT.

”It will provide a dash of colour out there,” he added.

The plane (pictured below) being used by Diös was previously owned by Swedish charter company Transjet. It has been grounded since the company had its license revoked in 2002. It has since then stood by the airport’s third runway.

Until it's ready we recommend hostelbookers for bookings hostels in Stockholm

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

New routes from Sterling Airlines

Two extra routes to Scandinavia from the UK will go on sale tomorrow (20th December).

Edinburgh - Copenhagen
Edinburgh - Stockholm

Both routes start up on the 22nd May and only operate Thursday and Sunday making a long weekend a good possibility.

From Edinburgh (EDI) to Copenhagen (CPH) 13:55
From Edinburgh (EDI) to Stockholm (ARN) 08:30

From Copenhagen (CPH) to Edinburgh (EDI) 07:00
From Stockholm (ARN) to Edinburgh (EDI) 12:10

Oslo Opera House Opens in April

Oslo’s futuristic National Opera House - surely one of the most extraordinary of its genre – will debut April 12, 2008, with a grand gala. The low line structure, sheeted in white marble, juts into the Oslo fjord. A wide roofscape and ramped promenades cover nine acres, and offer sweeping views.

If you want to check if it looks ready have a look at this web cam of Oslo opera house

Monday, 17 December 2007

SAS to reinstate Bristol-Stockholm summer service

SAS is to reintroduce a summer service from Bristol International Airport to Stockholm on June 27, 2008

The route, to operate twice a week, will compliment a new service running three times a week from Bristol to the Norwegian capital of Oslo which starts in April.

One way fares will start at £49 including taxes, with travellers able to choose between Economy Class travel and Economy Extra.

Flights will be operated by a Boeing 737-600, with 112 seats.

The airline's UK and Ireland general manager Lars-Ove Filipson said: "Demand for SAS' Bristol to Stockholm service during summer 2007 was very strong amongst business and leisure travellers alike.

"SAS enjoyed excellent cabin factors for a new route and sold on average more than 80% of the seats available on every flight."

ex Swedish PM and Ryanair settle out of court

Ryanair has settled out of court with Goran Persson, ex PM of Sweden

Ryanair was reported today (17th December) to have agreed to pay damages to former Swedish prime minister Goran Persson and a former Swedish foreign minister.

Persson and Laila Freivalds sued Ryanair in 2006 after their names and images were used in an advertisement without their prior consent.

The ad carried the text 'Time to flee the country.'

The two ex-politicians were roundly criticized for the former Swedish government's slow response to the December 2004 tsunami disaster that claimed the lives of hundreds of Swedish nationals.

A court date was planned for Tuesday but after a recent out of court settlement the case has been dropped, the online news site reported.

Persson and Freivalds had initially demanded 150,000 kronor (23,000 dollars) but settled for half the sum. They planned to donate the funds to charity, the report said.

Persson left politics earlier this year. Freivalds resigned in February 2006 over her role in shutting down the website of a right- wing group that planned to publish controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Monday, 10 December 2007

Malmo to recover from route cut by Ryanair

At the start of November Ryanair stopped flying to Malmö (Malmoe / Malmo).

Here is an update on the routes cancelled and if they have been replaced.

London - will be replaced by Sterling from March - a daily service to Gatwick.
Dublin - a new service by Aer Lingus to Copenhagen has started.
Barcelona - will be replaced by Sterling from March.
Madrid - unfilled
Marseilles - unfilled but Sterling will begin a service to Nice in March.

Sterling will also start flights connecting Malmo with Florence and Alicante.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Reykjavik loses Gatwick connection

Looks like Reykjavik (KEF) is losing the BA service from Gatwick (LGW) next summer :(
BA Summer 2008 reshuffle