The Scandinavian airline is upping its competition against the Faroese carrier Atlantic Airways – but only in summer.
In summer 2019, SAS says it will fly nine times a week between Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands, increasing its capacity in the peak season by almost 30%.
It has been interesting to see how the market would accept the new SAS route, which started in late March last year putting SAS in direct competition with the Faroese carrier Atlantic Airways.
But it seems SAS has gained ground, at least in the summer when demand is greatest. In the peak season from week 27 to week 32, it will now add extra frequencies on Mondays and Thursdays to complement the daily departure from CPH.
The additional flights depart Copenhagen at 18:45 and return from Vágar Airport at 20:50 local time. All flights on the route will continue to be with a 174-seat Airbus A320neo.
“We are experiencing great support and demand for the Faroe Islands, so we’ll increase our offerings during the summer period,” SAS press officer in Denmark Mariam Skovfoged confirms to Check-In.dk.
“The Faroe Islands are an attractive destination that many tourists outside Europe want to experience as well, and they are getting more opportunities for now, as the people of the Faroe Islands can also use our network to move on to Europe and the rest of the world.”
However, in the winter months SAS has adjusted its frequencies in the opposite direction – lower. In its first winter schedules on the route, in 2017-18, the route slowed from seven to five flights.
SAS has now gone one step further in the current winter programme that runs until March 30, 2019 – from seven to four weekly flights, corresponding to a 43% capacity reduction.
Atlantic Airways is still the dominant airline on the Faroes-CPH route, flying twice daily with an Airbus A320. In summer it flies 17 times a week, raising this to 27 at the very peak, supplemented by a number of flights also to the Danish airports of Billund and Aalborg.