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Ryanair clips wings of Lappeenranta routes

The Irish low-cost carrier is phasing out most of its flights to and from eastern Finland.

Ryanairin ensilento Lappeenranta - Milano
Image: YLE

The south-eastern Finnish city of Lappeenranta is struggling to attract new operators to its airport as Ryanair scales down its operations there.

After the winter season, the Irish no-frills flier will halt flights between Lappeenranta and Weeze, Germany, a small airport close to the Dutch border.

Next year Ryanair will also only fly in July between Lappeenranta and Girona-Costa Brava Airport, about 100 km from Barcelona, Spain.

That will only leave the route connecting eastern Finland with Bergamo, Italy, close to Milan.

Ryanair is now negotiating with Lappeenranta city officials on changes to its contract, which runs through March 2016. Meanwhile a city-owned firm is in talks aimed at bringing other flight operators to the city of 70,000 near the Russian border.

The Irish airline’s only other Finnish connections are through Tampere, with links to Germany and the UK. Those to Hungary, Portugal and Italy are being phased out.

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