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Summer is here - German charter flights are landing again

The airport's emergency services fired a water salute when the first charter flight of the season landed at Jönköping Airport

On June 29, the first charter flight of the year from Frankfurt landed at Jönköping Airport. It is the Lufthansa-owned airline Eurowings Discover, which flies this year. As it is a new airline for charter travel to Jönköping, the arrivals were greeted with a water cascade by the airport's rescue service

For fifteen years, Jönköping Airport has received chartered flights during the summer season, something that is still completely unique in Sweden.

-When we tell airlines, tour operators and likely that we have these chartered aircraft annually during the summer, many people look up. It is something completely unique to Sweden and something that is otherwise associated with trips to the Mediterranean, says Henrik Älverdal, Commercial Manager Jönköping Airport. When the plane landed at the airport in Jönköping, the pilots happily waved out of the cockpit window with a self-made sign that read "We love Jönköping" with a big heart on it.

-The ambition is to keep the tradition alive and to make the charter trips grow even more, Henrik continues.

Great significance for the hospitality industry

Charter flights are of great importance to the hospitality industry in Jönköping County. Not only in the number of guest nights (about 10% of the summer's hotel nights come from the charter flight) but it is also worth millions in marketing on the German-speaking market. Being a big enough destination to be able to offer direct
charter flights mean a lot to the region. Through the trips sold by tour operators, Jönköping and Småland are seen and marketed in a variety of sales channels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

-Charter flights contribute so much. In addition to directly leading to increased turnover in the industry and marketing, it also helps us by making the companies more export-ready and better at handling international business and guests, says Helene Berg, CEO of Smålands Turism.

The tourists on the first charter flight of the year were greeted by folk music, cinnamon buns and coffee as well as staff from the airport and Småland Tourism. The charter flights are possible through a close and long-term collaboration between Småland Tourism and Jönköping Airport. Every Thursday up to and including August 10, a charter flight from Germany arrives in Jönköping with new expectant travelers.

If questions, please contact:
Henrik Älverdal, Commercial Manager Jönköping Airport
Phone +46(0)36-31 12 08

Helene Berg, CEO Smålands Turism
Phone +46(0)72-666 88 20

Jönköping Airport has unique accessibility due to its location right in the center
Southern Sweden.

Jönköping Airport AB is a company wholly owned by the municipality, which operates and
develops the airport in Jönköping. There are charter flights at the airport,
both outgoing to popular sun destinations and incoming from Germany.
In addition, cargo flights, mail flights and socially beneficial transport in the form of
firefighting flights, ambulance flights, organ transports, police flights and military transports
with more. Jönköping Airport is also one of the country's five quarantine airports
and since December 2020 also temporary Emergency Airport.