Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is dropping its direct route from Oslo to Bangkok next April, claiming it wasn’t economical. It will start up its new direct service in the other direction, to San Francisco, at the same time.
Newspaper Aftenposten reported that SAS had complained that its Bangkok flights had too large a share of passengers in economy class and on relatively cheap tickets, meaning the service wasn’t generating the desired revenue.
SAS also faced new competition from Thai Airways, which recently entered the Norwegian market and offers non-stop service from Oslo to Bangkok, along with its vast network of ongoing flights to other destinations in Asia. SAS passengers traveling to Asia can still collect frequent flyer benefits if they travel on Thai, since both carriers are part of the Star Alliance.