SAS cut domestic prices

SAS are setting their sights on dominating domestic flight routes. From March 30th "it will be both cheaper and easier to take a domestic flight with SAS," says company chief Anders Ehrling.

The airline are introducing a number of significant changes to make flights cheaper including flexible tickets and a new easy online booking system. Paper tickets are also going out the window.

From March 30 three ticket-types on domestic routes will be available: Fix, Flex and Full Flex. Fix tickets start at 450 kronor and are available on all flights subject to availabilty. Flex can be rebooked at anytime, while Full Flex can be rebooked and refunded.

Whether or not this will woo customers remains to be seen. But Anders Ehrling is certain of it:

“People want to fly with SAS. Our studies show that. In that sense, we are the airline for Swedes.”

The new price plan is being introduced in time for the annual summer lull in demand for tickets on domestic routes.

With SAS looking to capitalise on the domestic market, and with competing airlines likely to respond, the real winner is expected to be the customer.

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By lunchtime on Friday, talks between the Scandinavian airline SAS and unions representing striking pilots were still stuck on "difficult issues".

'We agree to disagree': Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

“We agree that we disagree,” Roger Klokset, from the Norwegian pilots’ union, said at lunchtime outside the headquarters of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise in Stockholm, where talks are taking place. “We are still working to find a solution, and so long as there is still some point in continuing negotiations, we will do that.” 

Mats Ruland, a mediator for the Norwegian government, said that there were “still several difficult issues which need to be solved”. 

At 1pm on Friday, the two sides took a short break from the talks for lunch, after starting at 9am. On Thursday, they negotiated for 15 hours, breaking off at 1am on Friday morning. 

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Marianne Hernæs, SAS’s negotiator on Friday told journalists she was tired after sitting at the negotiating table long into the night. 

“We need to find a model where we can meet in the middle and which can ensure that we pull in the income that we are dependent on,” she said. 

Klokset said that there was “a good atmosphere” in the talks, and that the unions were sticking together to represent their members.

“I think we’ve been extremely flexible so far. It’s ‘out of this world’,’ said Henrik Thyregod, with the Danish pilots’ union. 

“This could have been solved back in December if SAS had not made unreasonable demands on the pilots,” Klokset added. 

The strike, which is now in its 12th day, has cost SAS up to 130m kronor a day, with 2,550 flights cancelled by Thursday, affecting 270,000 passengers.