Cambridge International Airport today welcomed the inaugural departure of new SUN-AIR flights to Sweden’s second biggest city – Gothenburg. Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca has prominent facilities in both locations and has been instrumental in launching the new flights.
New Swedish flights take-off from Cambridge
The first flight departed from Cambridge International Airport at 7am this morning, arriving in Gothenburg at 10am. The new 32-seater service, which will be flying daily Monday-Thursday, connects Cambridge with Scandinavia for the very first time.
“It’s an exciting day for us in Cambridge”, said Kristian Tvergaard – Commercial Director at SUN-AIR: “Opening this new route in conjunction with our franchise partner British Airways and clients like AstraZeneca, delivers a valuable channel between Sweden and the UK connecting cities that are storming ahead in areas like life science, bio-medical research, IT and high-tech industry. It really is a ground-breaking initiative and we are thrilled to bring our service and experience to Cambridge”.
David Surley, head of business & route development at Cambridge International Airport, welcomed the first Gothenburg departure: “This is quite a big thing for Cambridge, with one of Scandinavia’s leading regional airlines – flying in the British Airways brand – opening direct scheduled service to one of the most important international markets for the region. This simply doesn’t happen every day and we are truly thrilled to welcome SUN-AIR and their fantastic regional jets to our city.”
Passengers flying on the first day of SUN-AIR service included a group of key stakeholders from the Cambridge and East Anglia region, who were convening with Swedish counterparts, trade and inward investment experts to discuss ties between West Sweden and the Eastern UK region.
Leisure travellers will also be able to take advantage of the new flights, which are fully bookable as part of city-break and other packages. Leading online travel site Expedia is offering a great value four-night luxury break to Gothenburg including four-star hotel and breakfast from just £559 per person, enabling travellers from the East of England to discover one of Europe’s most up and coming city destinations and most scenic Scandinavian coastlines.
All passengers flying with SUN-AIR from Cambridge benefit from the convenience of ba.com and British Airways app services including online check-in, seat selection, live flight status updates and “manage my booking” tools, with boarding passes delivered to your smartphone and the convenience of arriving for your flight as little as 20 minutes before take-off. Executive Club Gold and Silver frequent flyers enjoy additional services such as JETability lounge access.
Departures are as follows:
Departs Cambridge 0700 Arrives Gothenburg 1000 Mon-Thu
Departs Gothenburg 1800 Arrives Cambridge 1900 Mon-Thu
Flights are bookable and further information available at www.ba.com and from travel agents
Sara Whines at Four bgb
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3697 4200
SUN-AIR of Scandinavia A/S
SUN-AIR of Scandinavia A/S is a British Airways franchise partner and service is our highest priority. On all our flights we provide full in-flight service: Free meals, snacks and drinks, free newspapers and excellent service.
SUN-AIR operates the following flight routes: from Aalborg to Oslo, from Aarhus to Oslo, Stockholm-Bromma, Gothenburg and from Billund to Bergen, Brussels, Dusseldorf, London City, Manchester, Munich and Oslo, from Gothenburg to Manchester, from London City to Hamburg and, from 2nd March, from Cambridge to Gothenburg.
SUN-AIR’s headquarters is located in Billund, Denmark, with departments in Aalborg, Aarhus, Sindal and Thisted. The charter department with the brand name “JoinJet” arranges individual flights for companies, groups and sport clubs both in Denmark and abroad. All in all SUN-AIR employs 230 people within scheduled and ad hoc charter flights, international aircraft sale and lease as well as aircraft maintenance.
Cambridge International Airport
Cambridge International Airport is part of the Marshall Group of Companies, a privately owned family business, employing over 4,000 people with a turnover exceeding £1B, managed by the Marshall family. The business was founded in Cambridge in 1909, and entered aviation in 1929.
The Airport is an important gateway for the East of England, with a strong focus on Cambridge and its business, academic and industrial sectors, just minutes from the city centre. It is also ideally positioned for easy access to cities including Peterborough and Ipswich, with a population catchment of well over 1 million enjoying easy access by ground transport.
The Airport is currently experiencing growth in the Passenger airline and Executive Jet sectors and recent new airline and tour operator services include the Channel Islands and destinations in Italy and France. Significantly upgraded passenger facilities opened in late 2013 as part of an airport-wide customer experience improvement programme.
With a 1965m/6447ft runway accepting aircraft up to Boeing 757 or Airbus 320 and all regional jet types, it is suitable for short to medium haul passenger airline services, with 24/7 capability.
Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.