Sterling low-cost airline and flight news

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January 18th, 2009

New Norwegian routes from Stockholm and Aalborg

In April 2009 Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin flying three new routes from Stockholm (Arlanda). They will launch flights from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Palma, Chania and Faro. They are also due to launch a route between London (Gatwick) and Aalborg – replacing a route that was previously operated by the now-defunct Sterling.

December 18th, 2008

Norwegian to replace Sterling on Copenhagen routes

Norwegian Air Shuttle will launch a large number of new routes from Copenhagen, replacing the collapsed airline Sterling, most beginning at the end of March 2009. They will launch routes to Amsterdam, Budapest, Edinburgh, London (Gatwick), Faro, Heraklion, Krakow, Palma, Paris (Orly), Pisa, Prague and Split.

November 20th, 2008

Transavia to open Copenhagen base

Transavia, the Dutch low-cost airline, have announced that they will open a base at Copenhagen, in place of the recent bankrupted Danish airline Sterling. From 08 December 2008 they will operate 10 routes from Copenhagen including flights to Malaga, Alicante, Arrecife, Las Palmas, Tenerife (Sur), Faro, Rome (Fiumicino), Nice, Salzburg and Innsbruck.

All of these flights are available to book now at

October 29th, 2008

Sterling Airlines files for bankruptcy

Scandinavian low-cost airline Sterling has this morning announced that they have been forced to file for bankruptcy. They have attributed this to recent oil prices as well as the global economic downturn.

All flights have been cancelled and those that have purchased tickets with Sterling will need to rebook with alternative airlines. Customers who have booked flights which are in fact operated by Norwegian should contact Norwegian for instructions.

June 7th, 2008

Gothenburg to Florence with Sterling

Sterling have launched a new route for the summer season from their Gothenburg (Landvetter) base to Florence. Flights on this route are currently available to book until the end of October 2008 at

May 31st, 2008

Sterling expands Connect programme

Scandinavian low-cost airline Sterling have expanded their “Connect” programme. This allows customers to change planes with relative ease (on certain routes) at Copenhagen, without having to manually transfer luggage. As of 2 June 2008 they will add 27 new routes that it will be possible to fly indirectly. More information is available at

May 14th, 2008

Sterling winter 08 flights on sale

Sterling have put their winter 2008/09 schedule on sale. This includes the addition of a route from Billund to Salzburg, which will commence on 20 December 2008. Flights from the winter schedule can be purchased at

February 20th, 2008

Aalborg to Paris with Sterling

Sterling will launch flights between Aalborg and Paris (Charles de Gaulle) this coming March. They will fly twice per week on this route from 30 March 2008. Flights can be booked now at

December 23rd, 2007

New summer routes for Sterling

Sterling have put ten new routes on sale for the summer 2008 season. These include the following:

These new flights and others for summer 2008 are on sale now at

November 9th, 2007

Bergen to Copenhagen link with Sterling

Scandinavian low-cost airline Sterling will begin flights from their Copenhagen hub to Bergen next year. From 31 March 2008, they will fly up to four times per day on this route. Tickets are on sale now at

October 10th, 2007

Sterling to expand at Malmo

Sterling will launch five new routes from Malmo next year, including flights to London (Gatwick), Alicante, Barcelona, Florence and Nice. These flights will begin from the end of March 2008.

Also from 30 March, Sterling will begin flying from Copenhagen to Murcia and Valencia, and from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Florence, Rome (Fiumicino) and Murcia.

Tickets are available to purchase for these new flights at

May 29th, 2007

Scandinavian flights from Nottingham East Midlands

Sterling will begin flying to East Midlands from their Scandinavian bases. From the end of October 2007, they will launch flights to East Midlands from Oslo (International), Copenhagen and Stockholm (Arlanda). They will also launch flights between London (Gatwick) and Oslo (International) at the same time.

May 15th, 2007

New Sterling flights for winter

This winter, Sterling will begin a number of new routes from their Scandinavian bases. From the end of October 2007, they will begin flying to Dortmund from Stockholm (Arlanda), Copenhagen and Oslo (International). From mid-December they will begin flying to Salzburg from Stockholm (Arlanda) and Oslo (International), and to Chambery from Stockholm (Arlanda), Copenhagen, Oslo (International), Billund and Gothenburg (Landvetter). These flights are on sale now at

May 2nd, 2007

Stering to fly to Brussels

Scandinavian low-cost airline Sterling will begin flying to Brussels (International) from their various bases in Scandinavia. From the end of October 2007, they will begin flying to Brussels (International) from Stockholm (Arlanda), Oslo (International) and Copenhagen.

They will also launch new flights from Gothenburg (Landvetter) to Las Palmas and from Copenhagen to Funchal. All of these flights can be booked now at

March 22nd, 2007

New flights to Athens from Gothenburg

Sterling, the low-cost airline based in Scandinavia, will begin flights from their Gothenburg (Landvetter) hub to Athens. They will begin flying weekly from 21 May 2007. Flights can be purchased at

Sterling to fly to Stockholm from Edinburgh

Scandinavian low-cost airline Sterling will begin direct flights between Edinburgh and Stockholm (Arlanda). They have previously operated flights via Copenhagen on this route, but will launch direct flights for the summer season from 28 May 2007. Tickets can be booked now at

March 4th, 2007

FlyMe filed for bankruptcy

FlyMe, the Swedish low-cost airline, announced on Friday 02 March 2007 that they would file for bankruptcy. FlyMe aircraft are grounded and the airline has suspended both ticket sales and flights.

As expected, this has left passengers stranded across Europe. Scandinavian low-cost airline Sterling has offered to rescue stranded passengers for free, and to offer discounted replacement tickets to those who have not yet commenced flying. More information is available at

February 10th, 2007

Sterling flights to Biarritz

Scandinavian low-cost airline Sterling will begin flights to Biarritz. From 14 May 2007, they will launch flights to Biarritz from Copenhagen and Oslo (International). They also launch flights between Copenhagen and Edinburgh at the same time. Flights are on sale at

January 16th, 2007

Sterling flights between Copenhagen and Berlin

Sterling will begin flights from their Copenhagen base to Berlin (Tegel) from the end of March 2007. They will fly twice per day on this new route. Flights can be booked now at

November 30th, 2006

Sterling to fly from Gothenburg

Sterling will begin flying from Gothenburg (Landvetter) from 27 March 2007. They will fly between Gothenburg (Landvetter) and Alicante, Malaga, Nice and Florence. Flights can be booked at

October 11th, 2006

New Sterling routes

Sterling will launch 3 new routes from 19 March 2007, including London (Gatwick) to Stockholm (Arlanda), Copenhagen to Split and Copenhagen to Bourgas. Flights can be booked now at

August 1st, 2006

Low-cost flights from Aalborg with Sterling

Scandinavian low-cost airline Sterling will begin flying from the Danish city of Aalborg from 18 September 2006. They will launch flights from Aalborg to Copenhagen, London (Gatwick) and Malaga. Tickets can be booked now at

July 5th, 2006

Sterling to fly to Poland

Following the recent expansion into Poland by fellow Scandinavian low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle, Sterling will begin flying between their Copenhagen base and Krakow from 19 September 2006. Flights can be booked now at

January 28th, 2006

Ryanair to launch second Finnish base?

Ryanair announced that they are looking for a second base in Finland. They currently operate flights to Tampere.

Finland has been a rocky country for low-cost flying in the past, with carrier Flying Finn disappearing in 2004, and many routes coming and going. This looks set to change with the expansion of Sterling and addition of Air Berlin flights to Helsinki.

November 11th, 2005

FlyMe expands outside Sweden

The Swedish low-cost airline, FlyMe, will launch 12 new routes from their base at Gothenburg (Landvetter) to a host of European destinations for the Summer 2006 season.

From 30 March, they will operate routes to Prague, London (Stansted), Alicante, Malaga, Palma (Mallorca), Rome (Ciampino), Crete, Rhodes, Amsterdam, Paris (Beauvais), Dusseldorf and Nice.

What is surprising about this announcement is that 5 of these routes are already operated by rival Scandinavian budget airline, Sterling.

Potential passengers may be interested to read the note on their site:

Be aware that we change our schedules regularly in order to adapt to the needs of our clients and to meet the current demand for departures.

This could be taken as an indication that they do not intend to launch all 12 of these routes, and will instead take bookings and decide which routes to axe (if demand is insufficient), maybe before they have even started. This was certainly a strategy employed by other emerging European low-cost airlines – for example Wizz Air.

October 24th, 2005

Sterling sold to Icelandic investors

It has now been confirmed that Sterling has been sold to an Icelandic investment group, FL Group. They already own Icelandair, and a 13 per cent stake in easyJet.

Sterling – Scandinavia’s largest low-cost airline – is planning rapid expansion, and intends to launch routes to the USA.

October 4th, 2005

Helsinki is new base for Sterling

Sterling, the Scandinavian low-cost airline currently in the process of merging with Maersk, will make Helsinki a base from March 2006.

From the end of March, they are scheduled to begin flying 11 new routes from Helsinki to Rome (Ciampino), Prague, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Paris (Beauvais), Nice, Malaga, Faro, Crete, Budapest and Bologna.

March 14th, 2005

Sterling and Iceland Express to merge

It has come to light that Sterling is to be sold to Icelandic investors Fons Eignarhaldsfelag. They were previously major shareholders of Icelandair and currently own Iceland Express, the only low-cost carrier to fly to Iceland at the present time.

It seems likely that Iceland Express, which is considerably smaller than Sterling, will be merged into the Sterling operation.

February 23rd, 2005

Sterling and flynordic to cooperate

Sterling and flynordic have announced a strategic alliance, they will begin route-sharing on a number of routes and have started cooperating on flight sales.

This will see flynordic operate flights from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Berlin (Tegel), Barcelona, Bordeaux, Budapest and Dublin, and they will also operate the route from Copenhagen to Tallinn.

Sterling will be operating flights from Arlanda to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Nice and Prague. They will also cooperate on their route from Gothenburg to Copenhagen.

February 2nd, 2005

Sterling connects Copenhagen and Amsterdam

Sterling will begin flying a new route from Copenhagen to Amsterdam on 01 May 2005. They will use this route from Amsterdam to interconnect flights from their bases at Oslo, Stockholm (Arlanda), Gothenburg (Landvetter) and Billund.

A reminder that only direct low-cost routes appear in the cheap0 database at the present time.

January 3rd, 2005

Sterling announce Greek summer route

Sterling will launch a route for the summer season (beginning 11 June 2005) between Stockholm (Arlanda) and Athens. The route will only run for a period of approximately 2 months.

December 12th, 2004

Sterling adds 7 new summer routes

Sterling have put 7 new routes on sale for summer 2005, including flights to Montpelier from their bases at Billund, Copenhagen (Kastrup), Stockholm (Arlanda) and Gothenburg (Landvetter). In addition they have will launch new routes from Oslo to Athens and Edinburgh and also Copenhagen to Edinburgh.

These new routes commence from May, although some begin later and only run for the summer season. Check their schedules for full details, as many of the flights are only once or twice per week.

September 19th, 2004

World Low Cost Airlines Congress

This week, on 21 and 22 September, we will be attending and reporting from World Low Cost Airlines Congress in London. Speakers include Michael O’Leary (Ryanair), Ray Webster (easyJet) and a number of other speakers and panelists from European budget airlines including bmibaby, Hapag-Lloyd Express, Air Polonia, Sky Europe, FlyMe, Wizz Air and Sterling.

We hope to be able to bring you some up-to-the-minute information from the conference. In the meantime, we’re getting very near to being able to launch the newly revamped, keep watching this space.

May 22nd, 2004

Sterling puts winter timetable on sale

Sterling have put their winter timetable on sale, with flights now available until the end of April 2005. New routes for the winter include Billund to Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Arrecife (Lanzarote) and Tenerife (Sur) and Copenhagen to Arrecife (Lanzarote).

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