SAS Scandinavian Airlines returns to New York JFK – Airways

Dallas — SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK) announced the return of its Copenhagen (CPH) to New York (JFK) flights after 34 years. Scheduled service will return on February 9, 2023.

The Danish airline is a leader in transatlantic flights from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Customers can already fly between Europe and the United States via the airline’s Copenhagen hub to Newark (EEA), but now they can also reach New York’s largest and busiest airport with five weekly flights, expanding to daily during the summer schedule .

During the announcement, SK Network and Revenue Manager Erik Westman stated, “SAS offers a solid product to Newark Airport in Scandinavia and we believe this addition to Copenhagen’s JFK will strengthen the New York offering for our customers. The US is a strategic market for SAS and we will continue to develop new routes and destinations whenever the right opportunity arises.”

Because New York-JFK is a hub for both SkyTeam and Oneworld, but not Star Alliance, SK flights are serviced from Terminal 7, which American Airlines (AA) recently left open in favor of Terminal 8.

SAS is one of the best-known Star Alliance partners and connects Scandinavia with many United Airlines hubs in the USA. Photo: Miles Aronovitz/Airways

A Clear Alliance Division in New York


New York airports exhibit an interesting phenomenon not always seen in aviation. While LaGuardia (LGA) remains the city’s main domestic airport, the two giants Newark and JFK announced a clear separation between the operating airlines of SkyTeam, Oneworld and Star Alliance.

As the main hub for American Airlines and Delta for onward connections from the US to Europe, JFK primarily welcomes flights from airlines that are Oneworld and SkyTeam members, such as Iberia and British Airways, and Air France and KLM, respectively.

On the other hand, New York’s not-so-second-tier airport, Newark Liberty, is home to giant United Airlines, one of the largest members of the Star Alliance. This is why most Star Alliance airlines such as TAP Air Portugal, Lufthansa or SAS prefer to operate their flights to EEA to benefit from connections on behalf of United, as we discussed in our Premium Worldwide Airline Cooperation story to have.

It’s rare for outside airlines to fly to the opposite airport from their alliance, but when demand is high enough to support twice the volume of connections to New York, some airlines choose to switch to the other airport rather than add additional frequencies, look for different market shares in order to use them.

Such is the case with the recently announced Air France (AF) route from Paris to Newark, similar to SK to JFK and EWR flights.


Featured image: Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A350-900: Mateo Skinner/Airways

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