Virgin Atlantic expands services with EL AL, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, and Saudia

Virgin Atlantic has announced the expansion of its codeshare partnerships with EL AL, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, and Saudia.

These collaborations signify a significant advancement in strengthening Virgin Atlantic’s global network.

In collaboration with EL AL, Israel’s national carrier, Virgin Atlantic introduces enhanced connectivity between the UK, US, and Israel, starting June 10, 2024. This will provide increased flexibility and choice with Virgin Atlantic’s code on EL AL’s London Heathrow – Tel Aviv route and reciprocal benefits, enhanced earning and redemption opportunities. Virgin Atlantic also resumes its Tel Aviv operations from September 5, 2024.

As the first and only UK member airline of the SkyTeam alliance, Virgin Atlantic welcomed SAS Scandinavian Airlines into the SkyTeam Global Alliance, promising enhanced connectivity and access to Scandinavian key hubs. This strategic partnership offers passengers an expanded range of destinations, accompanied by instant earning and redemption opportunities for Flying Club members.

Additionally, Virgin Atlantic launches a new codeshare agreement with SkyTeam member Saudia, for added connectivity between Saudi Arabia and Virgin Atlantic destinations. Effective immediately, passengers can enjoy smooth connections from the US to Jeddah and Riyadh via London Heathrow and Manchester.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic, commented: ‘As we celebrate our 40th anniversary this month, we know that giving our customers more choice and award-winning service in the skies is what fuels our success, alongside working with the best partners. We’re delighted to launch codeshares with our SkyTeam partners at SAS and Saudia today, enhancing our connectivity and offering greater customer benefits to our frequent flyers, who will be able to achieve rewards faster.

‘Our return to Tel Aviv on 5 September will be welcome news for customers who have enjoyed our service since 2019, and this time round it’ll be strengthened by our new codeshare partnership with EL AL.’

Cornwall Airport Newquay announces new direct route to Copenhagen

Cornwall Airport Newquay has said that it has expanded its Summer 23 schedule with the addition of a new direct service to Copenhagen.

Copenhagen joins Newquay’s growing direct European services from Newquay, including Alicante, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Faro, Malaga and Zurich.

With the expansion, Cornwall Airport will welcome the return of SAS’s seasonal service, operating twice-weekly services to Copenhagen, starting from June 2023. The flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden will use its fleet of CRJ900s on the 1,307-km sector, offering close to 2,500 two-way seats during the peak season.

Amy Smith, Head of Commercial, Cornwall Airport Newquay, commented: ‘SAS joined us in 2019 and witnessed exceptional success when the carrier linked us to the Nordic nation for the first time. Resuming the Copenhagen service will not only enhance the variety of destinations we offer our customers once again, but also re-open the Star Alliance network of over 70 onward destinations in Europe, Asia, and North America. We look forward to working with SAS next year and rebuilding the triumph of this route and developing further with our airline partner.’

‘SAS is very happy to announce the resumption of the route between Copenhagen and Newquay/Cornwall. We look forward to bringing more Scandinavian tourists to enjoy charming Cornwall this summer. The route also offers the residents of Cornwall easy access to discover Scandinavia as well as onward connections from Copenhagen,’ said Erik Westman, EVP & CCO, Network and Revenue management.

With the addition of Copenhagen, Cornwall Airport will now operate to a total of 21 destinations with ten airline partners.

SAS introduces new service from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Copenhagen

Scandinavian airline, SAS, has recently said that it will start operations from Cornwall Airport Newquay in summer 2019.

Commencing on June 28, 2019, the airline will operate its first route connecting Cornwall directly with Copenhagen. Tickets start from £82 each way, or from £153 return, including taxes and charges.

Copenhagen has a reputation as being amongst the happiest places in the world, according to studies. Flights from Newquay will operate on Monday and Fridays in each direction, with flights departing Newquay at 7.05pm, arriving into Copenhagen at 10.10pm, and returning from Copenhagen at 5pm, arriving into Newquay at 6.25pm.

The new service follows on from the airline’s route launch between London Stansted and Copenhagen in April. With the service, SAS operates direct routes to the Danish capital from seven UK airports – including from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Commenting on the move, Al Titterington, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay said: ‘This is a route not only for the many Scandinavians wanting to explore Cornwall and the South West of the UK, but also for our local catchment, which now have flights designed perfectly for an extended weekend break in one of Europe’s coolest capital cities.’

Niko Ek, general manager for SAS Europe, added: ‘We delighted to launch this brand new route for summer 2019, both to offer residents of SW England an exciting new direct destination to explore, and to bring Scandinavian tourists into such a beautiful region of England. We look forward to welcoming travellers on board our new flight’.

The new service opens a direct link between Cornwall and Denmark bringing Copenhagen within a two-hour flight from Cornwall. It also allows passengers to connect onto a network of over 70 onward destinations in Europe, Asia and North America.

SAS announces new route from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Copenhagen in summer 2019

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, has announced that it will introduce a new service to Cornwall Airport Newquay in 2019.

Starting 28 June 2019, the airline will operate its service linking Cornwall directly with Copenhagen, with flights operating Mondays and Fridays during the peak summer season.

The new service will open a direct link between Cornwall and Denmark, and also allows for passengers to connect onto a network of over 70 onward destinations in Europe, Asia and North America via transfer in Copenhagen, including other popular European cities such as Oslo and Stockholm.

Commenting on the announcement, Al Titterington, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay said, ‘This is a route not only for the many Scandinavians wanting to explore Cornwall and the South West of the UK, but also for our local catchment, which now have flights designed perfectly for an extended weekend break in one of Europe’s coolest capital cities.’

Carrying 28.5 million passengers in 2017, SAS will be the sixth airline to offer scheduled flights from the airport, joining the operations currently offered by Aer Lingus, Eurowings, Flybe, Skybus and Ryanair. Cornwall Airport Newquay is SAS’ sixth UK airport, and the only one in the South West of the country.

The new Cornwall Airport route is a part of SAS’ plan to introduce 17 direct routes from Scandinavia in summer 2019, including six new destinations. Besides Cornwall Newquay, the new destinations are Catania, Florence, Marseille, Szczecin and Antalya.

Scandinavian Airlines to start Bristol-Stockholm route in summer 2014

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, and claimed to be the largest airline in Scandinavia, has announced a new service linking Bristol with Stockholm next summer, Bristol Airport said in a release.

Flights will operate twice a week, on Monday and Friday, from June 30 to August 15, 2014, using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The schedule, designed with long weekend leisure breaks, is expected to become popular with prospective travellers from both the UK and Sweden. For the last five years there have been no direct flight options from the South West of the UK to Stockholm.

Built on 14 islands, Stockholm is one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities. The Swedish capital, with its 750-year history and rich cultural life, will now be a new city break option for many travellers in the region.

The route is expected to generate over £1 million for the local visitor economy, with VisitEngland, Destination Bristol and Bath Tourism Plus supporting Bristol Airport and SAS in promoting the new service.

Hans Dyhrfort, SAS’s regional general manager for Western Europe, commented: ‘We are delighted to be launching a new summer route from Bristol to Stockholm. The Swedish capital is an amazing summer destination and is perfect both for a short city break or a longer stay.’

James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland, said: ‘This route not only gives Swedish visitors a great link to Bristol, it also provides convenient access to Bath, the Cotswolds and the rest of South West England. This fits with our focus on promoting regional airports as gateways to great English attractions outside London.’

Philippa Sutton, PR manager at Visit Sweden, said: ‘We are delighted SAS is launching a new route between Bristol and Stockholm. 2013 was a fantastic year for Stockholm with the opening of the Abba Museum in May, and the re-opening of the Vasa Museum in April, and we are expecting even more interest in the Swedish capital in 2014.’

Robert Sinclair, chief executive officer at Bristol Airport, said: ‘This is a great example of a direct service which not only improves connectivity for the South West, but brings valuable visitor spend to the tourism sector in this region as well. Today’s announcement by SAS also marks the return of this famous airline brand to the South West market after a five year absence.’

Bristol Airport is the UK’s fifth largest airport outside London and the ninth largest in the UK, handling 5.9 million passengers in 2012. In August 2013, the airport recorded the busiest month in its history, handling over 700,000 passengers.

SAS Scandinavian Airlines Announces New Route to Poland

SAS Scandinavian Airlines, a Sweden-based airline company, is offering a new route between Denmark, and Poland, from October 29, 2012.

The new route is between Copenhagen, in Denmark, and Lodz, in Poland, and will be operating daily with the exception of Saturdays, with a CRJ200 aircraft offering 50 seats, including Business, Economy Extra and Economy classes. The airline is the first from the Scandinavian region to offer a service to Lodz.

The airline is also offering new routes between the Scandinavian and Polish cities of Stockholm and Gdansk, Oslo and Gdansk, Copenhagen and Gdansk, Copenhagen and Lodz, Copenhagen and Katowice, Copenhagen and Poznan, Copenhagen and Warsaw, and Copenhagen and Wrocla, for a total of 70 weekly direct flights between the two European regions.

All of these routes will become operational from October 29, 2012, offering more connectivity from all across Europe to the destinations served in Poland, through connecting flights with other airlines.

Joakim Landholm, the airline chief commercial officer, said, ‘Poland is an extremely important market to us, considering its proximity to Copenhagen. We can offer a quick direct flight or an easy transfer to all our Polish destinations.

Earlier this year, SAS opened Copenhagen-Katowice and last fall also Stockholm-Gdansk. SAS will now fly to six destinations in Poland, offering eight direct routes from Scandinavia.’

Earlier this month, the airline announced a new route from Birmingham Airport, in the UK, to Stockholm in Sweden.

The new six times-weekly service also commences from October 29, 2012, using B737-600 aircraft with 120 seats.

SAS Scandinavian Airlines Commences Service from Birmingham Airport

SAS Scandinavian Airlines, a Sweden-based airline company, is to launch a new route from Birmingham Airport in the UK, to Stockholm in Sweden.

The new, six times-weekly service commences from October 29, 2012, using B737-600 aircraft with 120 seats.

Hans Dyhrfort, the airline regional general manager for UK, Ireland and Iceland, said, ‘We are delighted to announce the expansion of our operations from the UK’s second largest city – with 8 million people living within 60 minutes of the airport, Birmingham is an important area of development for us.

We now serve Stockholm directly from London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh (seasonal service) and now Birmingham closing up the geographic gap that we had in the area. This is giving us the opportunity to better serve West & East Midlands businesses as well as leisure communities.’

The daily flights to Stockholm will operate on all days, except Saturday, and is offering airfares commencing from £104 one-way.

Martyn Lloyd, the air services development director for Birmingham Airport, said, ‘We’re delighted that SAS has recognised the need for services to Stockholm for Midlands’ business and leisure travellers and has taken the decision to expand its route network from Birmingham Airport. We look forward to launching the new service this winter, and providing regular services to Sweden’s wonderful capital city.’

The airline has recently been named the world’s most punctual major airline for the month of May 2012, with a punctuality of 92.38 percent. It received the award for the second month is a row.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Partners with SAS Credits

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, a hotel group formed by the US-based Carlson and Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group companies, has announced partnership with SAS Credits, a corporate loyalty programme of SAS, the Sweden-based airline company.

The partnership is allowing employees of small and medium enterprises to earn credits on flying with SAS and certain Star Alliance affiliated airlines, and staying at Radisson Blu or Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Europe and the Middle East.

The earned credits may be redeemed for complimentary flights or room nights at the participating hotel properties.

Kurt Ritter, the president and chief executive officer of Rezidor, said, ‘We are delighted to lift our long term cooperation with SAS to new heights. We are already collaborating with SAS EuroBonus, the airline loyalty programme for individual travellers, and generate over 300,000 associated room nights per year. We are now expanding our partnership to SAS Credits and target the Small and Medium Businesses – a discretionary market that is growing strongly and has a huge untapped potential.’

SAS Credits programme is offered in 22 countries, and the partnership is being tested for SAS Credits companies in Belgium, Denmark and Poland initially.

Rickard Gustafson, the chief executive officer of SAS, said, ‘Our SAS Credit programme is unique within the airline industry and highly appreciated amongst small and medium-sized companies. With Rezidor as a new partner, our members are given a wider range of opportunities to earn credits, whilst at the same time it will lower their travel expenses.’