Building a regional base for its aircraft will help Ryanair boost the number of routes from Scandinavia, where it has so far been virtually the only low-cost carrier, and should help it win market share from the loss-making local flag carrier SAS.
Ryanair will run up to 30 flights a day on six new international lines out of the Skavsta, on top of the existing routes between Skavsta and Frankfurt Hahn and London Stansted.
Along with Prestwick, the airline will fly to Oslo, Tampere in Finland, Aarhus in Denmark, Lbeck near Hamburg and Beauvais in the Paris region. The new routes will be launched on April 4.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said the new base will create more than 200 new jobs in Stockholm and will see some 1.5 million passengers carried through Skavsta airport within the first year . He added: "Thanks to Ryanair and Stockholm Skavsta Airport, the SAS high fares monopoly in the Scandinavian market is at an end."
Ryanair will base up to four Boeing 737-800 aircraft at Skavsta, which is run by TBI, the UK group that also owns Luton, Belfast International and Cardiff airports.