SAS boosts New York, but drops “oil route”

Carrier brings in double daily departure to New York
SAS says it is boosting its flights to New York, to more than 60,000 seats between Copenhagen and the US city in 2016. But this comes at the expense of its “oil route” between Stavanger and Houston.
An additional evening departure to New York – operated by Swiss business jet company PrivatAir – will be a reconfigured Boeing 737, which has been flying the Stavanger-Houston route.
Meanwhile SAS is closing Stavanger-Houston, the airline explaining that “as a consequence of reduced activity in the oil industry” it has experienced “a severe decrease in demand” on the route. The last flight from Stavanger will depart on October 23, returning to Norway on October 24.
SAS will fly twice daily from Copenhagen to New York from the start of the SAS winter program in late October. The evening departure “is particularly appealing to travellers wanting to spend a full day in Copenhagen or New York before flying,” said Eivind Roald, the airline’s executive vice president commercial.
SAS is currently flying Copenhagen-New York with a daily midday departure. The new SAS flight will also depart daily – except Tuesdays – at 18.25 from Copenhagen and return from New York at 22.55. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.
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