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16 February, 2015 - 16:28 By Kate Sweeney

AstraZeneca underwrites Cambridge-Sweden flights

Sun Air British Airways

Global life science giant AstraZeneca is underwriting new flights from Cambridge International Airport to Gothenburg.

AZ has substantial operations in Sweden and already has hundreds of staff in the Cambridge UK technology cluster.

That headcount will swell to 2,000 in Cambridge when its new Corporate HQ and R & D mother ship are completed next year.

It has moved fast to underpin Sun Air’s four days a week new service to Gothenburg – Cambridge’s first ever Scandinavian destination. It has reportedly guaranteed 20 of the 32 seats on the Monday-Thursday service with the other 12 on sale to the public.

It takes the commercial sting out of the launch for the airline while AZ management say the hour-long shuttle makes Swede sense – preventing staff having to get to Stansted to access their Nordic offices and labs.

David Surley, head of business and route development at Cambridge International Airport, said: “Cambridge International Airport welcomes the news that Gothenburg will be our first Scandinavian destination, with a daily scheduled service from Monday-Thursday each week.

“Sun Air is a leading European regional airline and this partnership with AstraZeneca and the scientific sector will be excellent news for Cambridge, the East of England and the related development of economic links with Sweden.

“There will also be important benefits and opportunity for the tourism industry. We look forward to communicating more details of the new flights in coming days.”

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