Singapore Airlines (SIA) is increasing its flight frequencies between Singapore and the Danish capital of Copenhagen from three to five times weekly from March 31 next year, reports Business Traveller.
According to SIA, it can do this now because the joint venture it agreed with SAS, signed in May this year, has been given final regulatory approval.
“We have wanted to increase services to Scandinavia for some time and our partnership with SAS enables us to do this,” said Nicholas Ionides, vice president of public affairs at SIA. “There is good demand for both business class and economy class travel on the Singapore to Copenhagen route.”
Ionides added that both Singapore and Copenhagen served as hubs for onward connections, as well as point-to-point travel destinations.
Several airlines have sought to develop Scandinavian cities as hubs for flights to and from Asia because flying over the top of the globe provides shorter travelling times. In October JAL announced it was starting flights to Helsinki next year in order to offer shorter trips to major cities in Europe.
SIA’s new flights to Copenhagen will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. Flight SQ352 will depart on days excluding Sunday and Monday at 0005 and land in Copenhagen at 0645, with the return leg SQ351 leaving on the same days at 1230 and arriving back in the Lion City at 0630 the next day.
SIA said it will codeshare with SAS on these flights, and is in discussions with the Scandinavian carrier to further expand their codeshare ties.
Ionides added that the airline would also explore new routes between Scandinavia and Singapore subject to market conditions.
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