SAS doubles flights as it restarts Scandinavian and US routes

SAS doubles flights as it restarts Scandinavian and US routes
Flight technicians pull the covers off an SAS jet at Oslo's Gardermoen airport. Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB Scanpix / AFP
Airline SAS said on Wednesday it would resume flights on several domestic and international routes in June, over two months after the operator grounded most of its fleet over the new coronavirus' impact on travel.
“This primarily includes domestic flights within and between the Scandinavian countries, but flights to New York, Chicago and Amsterdam from Copenhagen are also set to resume,” SAS said in a statement.
 
In Sweden, SAS is adding four destinations from Arlanda; Malmö, Ängelholm, Kalmar and Skellefteå.
 
It is also resuming flights from Stockholm to Helsinki and Turku, in Finland.
 
In Norway, where SAS is already serving all domestic destinations, it will now be possible to fly from Bergen and Stavanger to Copenhagen and from Stavanger to Aberdeen.
 
From Copenhagen, SAS is resuming international flights to Amsterdam, New York and Chicago.
   
The Scandinavian airline announced in mid-March it was halting most of its traffic and furloughing around 90 percent of its staff.   
 
In late April the airline, whose two largest shareholders are the Swedish and Danish states, announced it was laying off about 5,000 people, representing 40 percent of the company's workforce.
 
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In early May the company secured a state-guaranteed credit line of 3.3 billion Swedish kronor ($344 million or 313 million euros) to help it navigate the impact of the new coronavirus.
   
Even with the resumption of some flights, the airline continues to operate at a reduced capacity, but the added routes means an effective doubling of the aircraft in use from 15 to 30, according to SAS.
   
Finnair, of Nordic neighbour Finland, announced early last week it would start resuming its long-haul flight to Asia in July.
 
Here are the new routes which will start from this coming Monday: 
 
From June 1st
 
ARN-SFT Stockholm – Skellefteå
 
From June 2nd
 
CPH-AAR Copenhagen – Aarhus
 
From June 8th
 
CPH-AMS Copenhagen – Amsterdam
CPH-BGO Copenhagen –  Bergen
CPH-SVG Copenhagen – Stavanger
SVG-ABZ Stavanger – Aberdeen
ARN-HEL Stockholm – Helsinki
ARN-TKU Stockholm – Turku
ARN-MMX Stockholm – Malmö
ARN-KLR Stockholm – Kalmar
 
From June 10th
 
CPH-EWR Copenhagen – New York
CPH-ORD Copenhagen – Chicago

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