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 relaunch summer Bristol -Stockholm flights

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has said that it will relaunch its direct flights between Bristol and Stockholm for summer 2015, after the success of the first summer season in 2014.

The airline offers twice weekly flights on Friday and Mondays starting June 26, and to continue until August 14.

The flight-times are so scheduled that west country residents could take only a half day’s holiday to take a Swedish summer weekend break, with flights departing at 14.35 on Friday afternoons and arguably returning in time for work on Monday morning, arriving into Bristol at 08.40. Stockholm to Bristol flights are also available on the weekends for Swedish passengers departing at 12.25 on Friday afternoons to return on Monday by 12.50.

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome the return of SAS to Bristol Airport for summer 2015, following such strong bookings in 2014. Not only does the route offer an exciting destination option to west-country residents, but it also brings significant numbers of Scandinavian holidaymakers here too’.

David Jackson, Head of Marketing at Bath Tourism Plus said, ‘This is fantastic news for Bath and the wider region. Last summer we saw a significant increase in the number of visitors to Bath from Sweden thanks to these flights, so we’re looking forward to an equally successful service in 2015.’

Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism at Destination Bristol added, ‘We are delighted that SAS will be returning to Bristol Airport for the summer following such a successful first year. There is a genuine interest in Bristol and Bath as short break destinations for Scandinavian visitors and the packed summer event programme during 2015 will give even more reasons to visit.’

The 2015 flights were announced after a successful first summer season for the routes in 2014. Prices start from £74 one way, or from £126 return on SAS Go, the airline’s economy service, which includes all taxes and charges, a checked bag at no extra cost, mobile check-in and seat selection, as well as on board services including newspapers, coffee and tea.

Scandinavian Airlines to launch new Scandinavian flights from Edinburgh

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced plans to launch a new service between Edinburgh and Copenhagen in March 2015.

In addition, services to Oslo and Stockholm will also return to Edinburgh on March 29, strengthening the connection between Edinburgh and three Scandinavian capitals.

The new services between Edinburgh and Copenhagen will fly five times per week and will then increase to daily between June 29 and August 9. It will then operate six times per week until the end of October. Flights to Stockholm will be on a daily basis and those to Oslo will operate twice a week on Thursday and Sunday.

Commenting on the announcement, Denise Hill, Head of International Marketing at VisitScotland said: ‘Scandinavia is a lucrative market for Scotland and we are delighted to welcome yet more visitors with the introduction of these exciting new direct routes into Edinburgh Airport.

‘However as we work to extend Scotland’s international network, adding major international hubs and attracting airlines which are part of the world’s great airline alliances is key. SAS is a key partner of the important Star Alliance, the leading global airline network.

‘Creating as many links as we can with Star Alliance partners increases Scotland’s connectivity with the world, enabling visitors to reach our stunning country from every single corner of the planet. This really is excellent news for Scotland.’

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We’re committed to growing through choice and this is at the heart of everything we do at Edinburgh Airport. We want to make sure our passengers are able to choose from the very best range of flights and services.

‘Scandinavia is an important destination for us to serve and is a popular choice for passengers travelling for both for leisure and business.

‘We’re delighted SAS will be joining us again with these new services which will link us into the impressive connectivity options available from the hub in Copenhagen.’


Temperatures to drop below -10C, army are on standby

Arctic conditions could bring temperatures as low as -11C as the big breeze hits the UK.

This week temperatures are likely to plummet well below freezing, with many parts of the country seeing weather colder than Iceland. Four inches of snow and ice are likely to cover parts of the country over the next week.

A high-pressure system hanging over Scandinavia pushing freezing winds across to the UK.

The weather warning has been upgraded by the Met Office to level three. Explaining that England is 100 per cent likely to experience ‘severe’ conditions over the next seven days.

The army are already on standby incase level four ‘a major cold weather incident’ sets in.

According to the Met Office temperatures will drop to as low as -6C (21.2F) tomorrow and on Thursday, when daytime maximums will be no more than 3C (37.4F).

This is likely to be the longest spell of cold weather this winter, experts say.

Clare Allen, forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: ‘We’ve got an easterly wind across the country bringing snow showers off the North Sea.

‘Most areas of the UK will see daytime maximum temperatures of 2C (35.6F) and 3C.

‘London will be a maximum of 4C (39.2F), so it’s going to be pretty cold.’

BBC Radio 5 Live reported that temperatures could fall as low as -11C.

Paul Mott, forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: ‘The nights will be really cold throughout the week and there will be the occasional snow shower over the eastern counties of England, eastern Scotland and even London.’

Police in the south have warned drivers in some parts of the country not to travel unless it is vital after snowfall over the higher areas of Exmoor and Dartmoor.

Mr Mott said: ‘There has been a sprinkling of snow overnight over parts of Wales, Devon, Somerset and Hampshire.

‘It has mainly been over hills – with accumulations of up to 5cm in some areas – but there have also been some falls on lower ground locally.

‘There will be some fairly wet snow falling over the hills of Gloucestershire, Somerset and south Wales this morning but it will struggle to settle so shouldn’t cause too many transport problems,’ Mott said.