SAS has announced plans to open 17 direct routes from Scandinavia in summer 2019, including six new destinations. The new destinations are Catania, Florence, Marseille, Cornwall Newquay, Szczecin and Antalya.
“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,” said Rickard Gustafson, president and chief executive of SAS.
New destinations from Stockholm Arlanda are Catania Sicily, Marseille, Naples and Reykjavik, while Gothenburg Landvetter will gain a direct flight to Faro in Portugal.
There will also be direct flights from Copenhagen to Cornwall Newquay in England and Szczecin in Poland.
SAS summer 2019 new routes:
From Stockholm - Marseille, Catania, Naples, Reykjavik; from Gothenburg - Faro
From Oslo - Faro and Antalya; from Bergen - Nice and Antalya; from Stavanger - Antalya
From Copenhagen - Szczecin, Florence, Marseille, Catania and Cornwall Newquay; from Aarhus - Rome and Faro
The capacity growth in the Scandinavian market has been approximately 4 to 5 percent higher during 2018, compared with last year. Capacity growth is expected to accelerate even further during late autumn and winter 2018/19.
SAS said total passenger numbers increased by 3.3 percent to 2.9 million in September 2018, compared to September 2017. Total scheduled capacity (ASK) and traffic (RPK) increased by 2.4 percent and 4.8 percent respectively.
After serving the high demand for leisure travel during the summer period, the carrier added it has fully adjusted capacity back to more business oriented routes.
In fiscal year 2017/18, SAS is increasing capacity (ASK) by around 1–2 percent.
SAS's top five routes by capacity during summer 2018: