SAS commenced operations between Stockholm Arlanda and Oulu on 5 November, with the latter becoming the airline’s fifth Finnish destination from the Swedish capital. Pictured at the launch ceremony in Finland are: Anders Wahlström, Head of Sales Sweden & Finland, SAS; Päivi Laajala, Mayor of Oulu; and Jani Jolkkonen, SVP Director of Airport Networks, Finavia. The airline will operate the 698-kilometre sector four times weekly using its CRJ 900s.
- SAS launched flights between Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) and Oulu (OUL) on 5 November, with the latter becoming the airline’s fifth destination in Finland from the Swedish capital, with it joining existing services to Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Vaasa. It should be noted that the airline used to serve the route until early 2015. The Star Alliance member will serve the 698-kilometre sector four times weekly using its CRJ 900s, with no other airline presently operating the airport pair. SAS becomes Oulu’s second hub carrier after Finnair which offers multi-daily flights to Helsinki, while the Finnish capital is also served by LCC Norwegian. Along with these regular services, the latter airline also offers seasonal flights to Gran Canaria and Tenerife South, while various charter flights to the Mediterranean region also operate from the airport. Oulu is Finland’s second busiest airport, and during the first nine months of 2018 a reported 800,542 passengers have travelled from the facility when referencing Finavia statistics, representing a 25% rise in traffic versus the same nine-month period of 2017.