Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced on Wednesday that it will resume flying some international routes in June, including its popular incontinental flights from Copenhagen to New York and Chicago. SAS is already serving all its 17 destinations within Norway.
“The world is slowly opening up again,” SAS wrote on its Norwegian website, “and in line with that, we’re adjusting our route program so that you can again experience the world.”
Flights will resume to Copenhagen from Bergen and Stavanger, in addition to Oslo, from June 8. SAS also will re-open its route from Stavanger to Aberdeen, along with a route from Copenhagen to Amsterdam.
From June 10, passengers will once again be able to fly from Copenhagen to Chicago and New York. Flights will be limited, showing as operating to New York with connections from Oslo, for example, only on the last three Saturdays of June and on Wednesday June 24.
More flights are on offer in July and August, at fares generally higher than they were before the Corona virus crisis hit. The lowest one-way fare showing to New York in June was NOK 3,227 (around USD 323), putting an average round-trip fare at around NOK 7,000 or higher.
SAS stressed that its routes were under constant evaluation and more were expected to be added in line with demand and national regulations in the various countries being served. The Norwegian government, for example, is not welcoming visitors from outside the Nordic area (Scandinavia plus Finland and Iceland) until July 20 at the earliest, and rules for arrivals and departures can change at any time.
Norway’s foreign ministry also continues to recommend against any travel abroad until August 20. Those opting to travel anyway may find that their travel insurance is not valid if disruptions occur. The government has stated it will re-evaluate travel within the Nordic countries by June 15.