The new route complements an existing SAS route to the Lebanese coastal capital city from Copenhagen.
From the end of June, SAS will begin to fly from Stockholm Arlanda to Beirut, Lebanon’s coastal capital city, twice a week.
The route will initially be operated on Wednesdays and Sundays and then from mid-August on Wednesdays and Saturdays, until September 7.
SAS already flies to the Lebanese capital from Copenhagen during the summer months, unlike a Middle East Airlines connection that will go year-round from this year.
The airline says that the new route from Sweden, which launches on June 30, establishes an even better connection between Scandinavia and one of the world’s oldest cities.
Beirut boasts “a wide range of experiences: well-preserved castles, historic churches and mosques, beautiful beaches and the world-famous Lebanese cuisine,” SAS says.
“We are seeing increased demand for travel to Beirut from Scandinavia and we are pleased that we can now also offer an attractive timetable for our passengers from Arlanda,” says Karl Sandlund, EVP commercial at SAS.
“Beirut is an exciting holiday destination, while many people in Scandinavia also have a connection to the region. For SAS, this is another way of strengthening our network and offering our travellers easy access to popular destinations.”
The route will be operated using Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and tickets go on sale today.
Need for connectivity
The Swedish airport operator Swedavia welcomes the move, saying that Beirut is an increasingly popular destination from Stockholm via connecting cities, with passenger volume “rising sharply” by about 50% over the last three years.
“We are pleased that SAS has now chosen to develop traffic between Sweden and Lebanon since there is a need for improved connectivity between the countries,” says Elizabeth Axtelius, Swedavia’s director for aviation business.