Nordics go against trend of rising air fares in Europe
Sweden and Norway will go against the trend of rising air fares in Europe in 2015, according to a new report. Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s latest Global Travel Price Outlook report predicts that flights originating in the two countries will decrease by 0.4%. They are the only countries in the study where cheaper tickets are forecast in 2015.
In contrast, fares will rise by 2.5% in Germany and 1% in the UK. Global air fares will rise by 2.2%, the report says.
“In our region we have players like Norwegian who are very active and that has driven prices down. That’s been met by our traditional airlines, especially SAS, with some competition for prices,” Johan Wilson, managing director of CWT in Sweden, said.
Flights in Western Europe are expected to rise 1%, in Eastern Europe 0.8%, in the Middle East and Africa 1.9%.
A SAS spokesperson declined to say whether the airline was planning price reductions next year.
“There has been tough price pressure in the market and we feel it is still in Scandinavia. It depends on the over capacity which all airlines observe,” Henrik Edström told news agency TT.
TT / The Local
[photo courtesy Oslo Airport]