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SAS Suspends Hong Kong Route Indefinitely

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According to the Norwegian media E24, SAS is closing its route to Hong Kong due to continuous lower than expected demand & ticketing revenue, and this lack of financial viability has been worsened by Covid-19. With the current situation around the global corona pandemic in which the demand for air travel become non-existent, SAS has decided to suspend the route to Hong Kong. The route was relocated to Copenhagen Airport from Stockholm before due to low profitability.
SAS A330 @ HKG
SAS A330 @ HKG George Lau

With the spread of the pandemic, it has a huge impact on the tourism industry, and it has a fatal blow on the aviation industry. Faced with a large deficit every day, airlines have to take some extreme cost reduction measures to maintain continued operations. Now it seems that SAS’s Hong Kong route may be one of the routes that will not return after the crisis. The demand for the route was already lower than expected earlier this year and this was reinforced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the current situation, […] ‘where demand for flights is non-existent’ […], SAS has decided to suspend the route to Hong Kong indefinitely.

SAS Business Cabin A350 Press Image
SAS A350 Business Cabin

On January 30, SAS announced the first cancellations of its long-haul operations to mainland China (Beijing and Shanghai) until March 29, but flights to Hong Kong was operating as normal. The outlook for the Hong Kong route for the rest of the year was be affected by the continuous evolution of the Covid-19 virus, which resulted in 90% of SAS’s workforce being furloughed.

SAS Fleet Grounded Picture From Nettavisen
SAS Fleet Grounded Picture From Nettavisen

The SAS route to Hong Kong was initially launched in September 2015 after the heavy restructuring in 2012 pressured by its owners and banks. At that time the route was operated between Stockholm and Hong Kong at an unattractive slots pair which makes it difficult to attract business passengers.

In April 2018, with the introduction of the new Swedish aviation tax, it became clear that SAS would have to move the Hong Kong route to Copenhagen in an attempt to optimise expenditure and profitability. The move from Stockholm took place from the winter program 2018 and changes were also made to the slot times to better prepare the route for better earnings as SAS was planning to fly the route with their newly received A350s later.

SAS New Livery, Courtesy Of SAS
SAS New Livery

The social unrest in Hong Kong last year put a financial strain on the route and the outbreak of the corona virus quickly put further pressure on the route before all SAS long-distance routes were canceled, as of now the industry is expecting demand not to come back to pre-covid-19 levels for at least two years, and SAS would use this route cut to clear out capacity to phase out their A340s fleet earlier than expected.

For passengers already booked on flights with SAS to Hong Kong, they have been notified via email that they will be rerouted via their remaining destinations from Shanghai and Beijing onward through its partners Air China and China Eastern.


SAS B767-300s

All of SAS’s long-haul flights were flown by B763s for a brief period of time in history. From 1993 until late 2001, when SAS received their first A340, B763s were the only long-haul aircraft in their fleet, SAS’s intercontinental route network had shrunk significantly from the era between 1970s-1980s. By the early 1990s, all service to South America and Africa had been discontinued, leaving a relative handful of intercontinental destinations on their route map, serving only North America and Asia. 

SAS B767-300 LN-RCD @ HKG In 1995 by Andrew Hunt

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  1. dj-kahled

    April 20, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    oh oh oh, okay SAS go sucks, they can’t compete with any airline in Asia.

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Aegean Airlines Gradually Resumes Flights With Limited International Frequencies

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Aegean Airlines A320 Fleet
Greece has entered the third phase of “unlocking” this week, and domestic and international flights have gradually returned. Aegean Airlines issued a statement on May 18, announcing a series of measures and flexible ticketing policies. Aegean Airlines’ president said in an interview that the company suffered serious losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year may be the worst year in the company’s history. At present, Aegean Airlines has resumed flights between the main mainland and Crete, and other islands will resume flights in the next few weeks. In terms of international flights, Aegean Airlines will first resume round-trip flights between Athens and Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva and Zurich, and increased frequencies for their only non-suspended route to Brussels.

Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean Airlines A320

AEGEAN, a Star Alliance member airline, has been maintaining all domestic destinations with limited frequency flight service since 26 March, in an effort to facilitate minimum essential for the island’s needs and a small number of weekly flights from Athens to Brussels in order to maintain the country’s connectivity with the EU’s administrative centre.

Aegean Airlines also operated numerous humanitarian cargo flights for medical and pharmaceutical supplies transportation from China to Greece and Cyprus, in cooperation with the relevant authorities, the airline has operated repatriation flights from various international destinations. 


AEGEAN gradually adds frequencies on domestic network

Following the gradual ease of travel restrictions within Greece and entry regulations to other European countries gradually to be announced, AEGEAN will be enhancing connectivity in its domestic network.

As of May 18th, AEGEAN will be gradually increasing capacity to Heraklion, Chania, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis, while additional frequencies will be added to Rhodes, Corfu, Mytilene, Chios, Samos and other domestic destinations, as of May 25th.   


AEGEAN will gradually restore international operations

By the end of May, AEGEAN will gradually restore international operations to some major European destinations. In particular, AEGEAN plans to restart operations from its Athens hub to Munich, Zurich, Frankfurt and Geneva, initially within a limited frequency. At the same time, more flights will be operated to Brussels, which is the only international destination that hasn’t been suspended. 



AEGEAN is willing to gradually restore its network with extreme cautiousness, as stated in the airline’s press statement. While fully respecting the tremendous national effort to control the COVID-19 outbreak within the country, Aegean Airlines’ utmost priority is still to assist authorities in developing relevant health protocols for both passengers and crews.

AEGEAN has already enhanced the increased precautionary measures while boarding and during a flight in preparation for the resumption of flight services, including the mandatory use of a mask during flight, alongside the aircraft cleaning and disinfection processes, and is in close cooperation with the relevant authorities in order to implement additional safety measures with respect to social distancing and sanitation, upon official announcements.


An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320neo in its brand new livery, Greece, May 11, 2020.
An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320neo in its brand new livery, Greece, May 11, 2020. Image Rights: REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Board Chairman of Aegean Airlines Eftychios Vassilakis told Reuters during an interview stated that Aegean Airlines “burns” 40 million euros every month, and the fixed expenses only cost 25 million euros per month. “The company” burns money “in order to continue flying. Vasilakis said that during the crisis, the Greek government provided financial support to Aegean Airlines. As “You cannot afford to be one of the very few airlines in Europe that have not been helped.” But he did not specify the form and details of the funding.

By the end of the year, AEGEAN will be operating its whole fleet with 65 planes, including the first 6 Airbus A320/321neo aircraft, making it one of the youngest fleet in Europe. Vasilyakis also said that Aegean will be resuming 25% before July and 50% before September, under a best-case scenario,

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LOT Polish Airlines Resumes Domestic Routes On June 1

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LOT Polish Airlines Embraer-170
LOT Polish Airlines will resume passenger flights on June 1, 2020. The first two weeks as part of the pilot stage, flights will be operated to eight domestic airports. For the safety and comfort of passengers on board the aircraft, a newly introduced #BezpiecznyLOT procedure will be applying on all LOT Polish flights following the safety principles recommended by the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate and international industry organisations.
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing-737
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing-737

With the gradual restoration of domestic connections, the management team of LOT Polish Airlines decided to extend the suspension of all international air services until June 14th 2020. The initial route network includes about 30 daily flights being operated, flights restored are primarily focused at supporting business travellers and the domestic tourism industry. LOT Polish Airlines will be communicating on an ongoing basis on subsequent flight restorations. The further action plan is still strictly dependent on the recommendations of Polish and European institutions as well as the restrictions imposed by the different destination countries.


At the beginning, LOT will fly to 8 domestic destinations:

Warsaw – Gdansk
– up to three times daily
Warsaw – Krakow
Warsaw – Poznan
Warsaw – Rzeszow
Warsaw – Szczecin
Warsaw – Wroclaw
Warsaw – Zielona Gora
– up to twice daily
Krakow – Gdansk – once daily

LOT Polish Airlines Domestic Flight Schedule June

“We start the resumption of connections very carefully, taking into account the safety of our passengers and on-board crews. First of all, based on the #BezpiecznyLOT procedure, we provide regular, direct domestic flights. At the same time, we intensively cooperate with airports and services responsible for public health in order to refine safety procedures for resumed flights. According to the “no contact” principle we develop a standard for protective materials or the preparation of as many self-service stations as possible. We do it to enable our passengers (…) comfortably and with minimised epidemic risk travel around Poland, on board LOT’s planes from June 1.”

Michał Fijoł, LOT Polish Airlines Board Member, Chief Commercial Officer



Flexible booking policy at very favourable prices

LOT is providing passengers with air connections at very flexible prices. One way tickets with carry-on luggage will be available from 99 PLN. Flights canceled due to suspension of air connections can be changed for free. Details of LOT Polish Airlines’ booking policy can be found on their website.

  • If your flight scheduled between March 15th and June 15th has been canceled, you can exchange your ticket for one of the flights within the new flight network free of charge – the route should be the same. Also, you will get a discount code 30%*, which you may use during booking next trip with us on lot.com.
  • If your flight has been canceled, you can choose a new flight within the available domestic connections. This change should be recalculated according to current availability. If the new ticket is more expensive than the previously purchased one, we will deduct 200 PLN* from the price difference due.
  • If you have a valid ticket, you can change the date and/or route of your trip. The one-time, free change will be associated with recalculating the ticket price according to the current tariff availability. If the new ticket is more expensive than the previously purchased one, we will deduct 200 PLN* from the price difference due.

The #BezpiecznyLOT procedure includes detailed safety rules on board and the entire flow of the passenger path.

LOT is using HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate-Air) filters on all of its aircrafts, in addition, the deck, overhead compartments and luggage compartments are regularly disinfected with special biocides.

Cabin crews serving passengers during the flight will be equipped with protective measures such as masks and gloves. All passengers travelling by LOT will be required to cover their mouths and noses with a mask throughout the flight. As part of on-board service, LOT will apply the “no contact” principle, limiting direct interaction between passengers and crew. Beverages and snacks will be served in individual packages.
Passengers are only allowed one piece of hand baggage like a backpack, purse, laptop or shopping bag.

LOT Polish Airlines Check-in Area
LOT Polish Airlines Check-in Area

At the airport, LOT Polish Airlines in cooperation with the Management Board of Polish Airports, the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate and the directors of domestic airports have also developed consistent safety procedures for flights. These includes temperature control of passengers at the entrance to the terminals, isolate arriving and departing passengers, keep the distance in the gates and during boarding, limit the available infrastructure (shops, business lounges), offer the access to antibacterial agents and paid dispensers with protective masks and make it compulsory to cover up mouth and nose, introduced in Poland since April 16, 2020.

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