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Scandinavian Airlines announces a new route to London; to resume New York service

Scandinavian Airlines has announced a new route to London Heathrow from Luleå and will also resume flight to New York from Oslo. Let’s find out more about this announcement.

A seasonal route from Luleä to London

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) will introduce a seasonal route with non-stop flights from Luleå to London starting 17th December 2021 and will run through 21st March 2022. Flight will operate twice-a-week and will be the only direct connection between Luleå and the UK.

Luleå and the Swedish Lapland region attracts travelers with many high-end hotels and activities suited for the English market. SAS states that the ‘timetable works well for weekend trips to London from Luleå and will shorten the distance from the North of Sweden to one of the world’s great capitals and business regions’.

Flight schedule of Luleå-London-Luleå route:

  • Luleå-London
  • Departure time: 07:20
  • Arrival time: 09:35
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: SK2525
  • Frequency: Mondays and Fridays
  • London-Luleå
  • Departure time: 10:35
  • Arrival time: 14:35
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: SK2526
  • Frequency: Mondays and Fridays

The route will be operated by Airbus A320neo. Commenting on the new route, Theres Briger, Head of Sales, Sweden, SAS, said:

We are delighted to be able to offer a route with an attractive timetable connecting Luleå, and the rest of North of Sweden, to London. Interest in Northern Scandinavia is continuously increasing as travelers seek new and more experiences in the nature. Several tour operators and travel agents have already expressed interest in the new route. London is also the largest European market for many businesses and this route will enable growth in Northern Sweden.

New York resumption from Oslo

SAS has also announced the resumption of its Oslo-New York flight that was suspended at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic on 13th March 2020. Over a year later, the route is finally resuming from 3rd July 2021. The route will initially operate twice-a-week. However, SAS will continuously review a possible increase in frequency based on demand.

Flight schedule of Oslo-New York-Oslo route:

  • Oslo-Newark
  • Departure time: 11:10
  • Arrival time: 13:15
  • Flight time: 8 hours and 5 minutes
  • Flight number: SK907
  • Frequency: Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Newark-Oslo
  • Departure time: 18:55
  • Arrival time: 08:20
  • Flight time: 7 hours and 25 minutes
  • Flight number: SK908
  • Frequency: Thursdays and Sundays

The New York flights will be operated by a Airbus A330 featuring 32 business class seats, 56 SAS plus seats and 174 standard economy class seats. will also continue to fly to Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington from Copenhagen.

Kjetil Håbjørg, Director, EVP and Norway, said:

SAS is very pleased to be able to resume direct intercontinental routes with an attractive schedule from Oslo. Many people are looking forward to visiting family and friends in the USA and our customers have been requesting this route in particular. The New York route will also be important for Norwegian fish exports.

Meanwhile, SAS’ competitor Finnair has also announced resumption of flights to Chicago and Los Angeles.

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