SAS will switch a five weekly route to Hong Kong International Airport from Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Copenhagen Airport on 28 October due to profitability challenges.
The carrier said since launching the route three years ago, it has faced challenges when it comes to profitability on the Stockholm-Hong Kong route.
But it said, thanks to a new airport slot, SAS will now be able to “offer a more attractive timetable with in demand night flights to and from Hong Kong”.
SAS said the opportunity to fly from Copenhagen offers good long-term market prospects with a large catchment area and operational advantages.
In order to be able to exploit the new airport slot and offer a night flight to Scandinavia from Hong Kong, the route needs to be flown from Copenhagen for operational reasons.
SAS EVP commercial, Karl Sandlund said: “We look forward to being able to offer our customers a better timetable with attractive night flights to and from Kastrup. Obviously, it’s sad that we’re moving from Stockholm, but in this case, Copenhagen offers better long-term opportunities that will enable us to further improve the SAS customer experience.”
“SAS has a strong presence at all the major Scandinavian airports. It is important for us to review all our routes on a continuous basis in order to be able to maximize the benefits for both passengers and our profitability,” Sandlund adds.