SAS (Scandinavian Airline System) has been busy, with its plans for Summer 2019, with the airline planning to add six new destinations and 17 new direct routes.
The network additions are far and wide across the SAS networks:
- From Stockholm: Marseille, Catania, Naples, Reykjavik
- From Gothenburg: Faro
- From Oslo: Faro and Antalya
- From Bergen: Nice, Alanya
- From Stavanger: Alanya
- From Copenhagen: Szczecin, Florence, Marseille, Catania, Cornwall Newquay.
- From Aarhus: Rome, Faro
The interesting additions include connectivity to Newquay Airport (which normally attracts Isle of Scilly Skybus FlyBe, Ryanair and Aer Lingus Regional regularly, with Eurowings offering seasonal services), Szczecin Airport in Poland and Alanya (which gets a massive boost from Norway).
On the new route launches Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, SAS adds, and goes on to talk about the eco-measures the airline is trying at the same time:
“Interest in travel continues to grow and I am delighted that we can not only offer a number of new destinations next summer but also increase our presence at some of the most popular designations for Scandinavians. We want more people to fly with us and discover the world, but with a smaller carbon footprint.
To this end, SAS is striving to create sustainable travel, in the form of various initiatives such as biofuel, new aircraft with lower fuel consumption and emissions, and by reducing food waste and the use of plastics onboard”
Of course – having a buy-on-board service in Economy class will reduce a lot of the waste without trying…
Route expansion is an interesting concept in how it works, and for some of these routes, launch aid of some sort would have played a part in it. It seems in some of the routes, SAS is trying to break into new markets with this move.
How sustainable these routes are beyond the current season without launch aid will be the trick the airline has to master later on.
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