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Scandinavian airline SAS cuts flights to Hong Kong

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Scandinavian airline SAS cuts flights to Hong Kong
SAS said it plans to resume its flights in time for the Christmas holidays. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
16:45 CET+01:00
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is cutting the number of flights to Hong Kong amid nearly six months of pro-democracy protests in the former British colony.

SAS said it was decreasing its five weekly flights from the Danish capital Copenhagen, the biggest airport for Denmark and southern Sweden, to four "due to a drop in demand in November", a spokeswoman told AFP.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation," Freja Annamatz said, adding that SAS plans to resume the regular number of flights during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

SAS moved its Hong Kong route from Stockholm's Arlanda Airport to the Danish capital in 2018, as The Local reported at the time, after struggling with profitability since launching it three years previously.

Nordic competitor Finnair indicated that it will maintain its two daily flights between Helsinki and the eighth largest international airport in the world.

"We continue with two daily flights between Helsinki and Hong Kong, and at the moment we have no plans in reducing capacity," a Finnair spokesman told AFP.

The former British colony is going through its worst political crisis since its return to China in 1997.

Millions have taken to the streets of Hong Kong, initially against a now-dropped bid by its leaders to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland.

But after Beijing and Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam took a hard line, the movement snowballed into a broader push for democracy and police accountability.

Activists say freedoms are being eroded by Beijing, contrary to a deal that outlines Hong Kong's return to China from British colonial rule.

 
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