Friday, September 23, 2011

WINTER 2011/2012: Two new direct flights from Oslo


- Scandinavian will fly non-stop to Palanga and Geneva 

(Source: Dinside.no, August 11th 2011) A seaside resort is hardly a destination to launch during winter season, but Scandinavian will October 31st 2011 start flights from Oslo Airport to Palanga by the Baltic sea.

Palanga is a very popular seaside resort in Lithuania offering 18 kilometres of fine beaches, but I do find it rather strange for Scandinavian to launch flights to a destination like this during the winter season. One explanation is that it is a strategic move to create a foothold on this destination for the coming summer season ahead its rival Norwegian Air Shuttle that also operate seasonal flights to this resort.

This is also the case on flights from Oslo to Geneva, Switzerland, where Norwegian Air Shuttle already has the upper hand by operating all year flights. Geneva is an attractive destination as the city hosts a wide range of international organizations. This is the market where Scandinavian Airlines wants a chunk of, as new direct flights starts January 21st 2012. 

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