Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is expanding its activity in Israel
: In addition to its three weekly flights on the Copenhagen-Tel Aviv route,
the company has announced its plan to launch a new route between Israel and Sweden starting in the summer of 2013.
SAS will offer two weekly flights between Tel Aviv and Stockholm on Boeing 737-800 planes, which can carry up to 180 passengers.
The flights will leave Tel Aviv on Mondays at 12:35 pm and on Fridays at 12:55 pm.
Been to Sweden yet? SAS plane (Photo: Shutterstock)
Stockholm's Arlanda Airport is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the city center, and SAS flights land in Terminal 5, which is the exclusive terminal for the airline and its partners.
Arlanda is Sweden's biggest airport with some 19 million passengers a year and flights to 170 destinations across the world.
The new direct route between Tel Aviv and Stockholm will join the direct line route between Tel Aviv and Copenhagen, providing Israeli passengers with the biggest variety of options for destinations in northern Europe.
At the first stage, the Stockholm route will only operate in the summer months – June, July and August. According to the flight schedule, the first flight will leave on June 21 and the last planned flight – on August 16.
The Tel Aviv-Stockholm route will be launched as part of 45 new routes introduced by SAS in 2013. The airline, which is a member of the Star Alliance, currently operates flights to 130 destinations across the world.
In 2011, the company carried more than 23 million passengers, a 6.4% increase compared to the previous year.
According to SAS Israel manager Yaki Cohen, "The new route to Stockholm, in addition to the Copenhagen route, will provide Israeli passengers with easy access to one of northern Europe's most beautiful cities.
"The combination between the two routes will allow many travelers to visit both cities easily and enjoy Scandinavia's unique beauty.
"The launch of the new, additional route is a show of faith in the Israeli market by the SAS company, and there is no doubt that it will bring Israel and Scandinavia even closer and allow the growing tourism from Scandinavia to return to Israel."