A Viking cake was baked to welcome SAS to Katowice in southern Poland from its hub at Copenhagen Airport. SAS is increasingly focusing on expanding its network in northern Europe to feed its hub and Poland is a key market in this strategy.
- SAS Scandinavian Airlines launched four new routes as the summer scheduling season started. From its Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) base, the Star Alliance airline launched two routes to southern Europe, whereas its main hub at Copenhagen (CPH) got two eastern routes in line with the airline’s focus strategy on hubbing from nearby markets. From the Swedish capital, the airline launched each three weekly flights to Barcelona (BCN) and Dubrovnik (DBV) on 25 March. The Spanish route competes with Vueling’s 10 and Norwegian’s four flights a week. From Denmark’s capital, SAS began serving the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad (KGD) the same day, having once operated the route between 1993 and 2001. Flights on the 500-kilometre route operate three times weekly with CRJ900 aircraft. The following day, SAS expanded its Polish network by launching four weekly flights to Katowice (KTW) in the south of Poland. This makes the city SAS’ fifth Polish destination after Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw. Flights on the new route operate four times weekly.