OYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 15 Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4660 times:
I read this morning in different travel magazines that the Scandinavian LCC Sterling Airways will start a daily route between CPH and MCO.
According to the owners of Sterling they will start already in October. And they will lease 2 767 to fly the route.
This is great news for those who don't want to pay the high airfare to fly a "normal" airline.
The most interesting thing is to see how much a ticket will cost to cross the atlantic with Sterling.
They also announced that they are looking for other routes to the US as well.
If this will happen I wish Sterling all the best of luck.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4330 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4485 times:
If you count the seat mile costs, even a typical LCC flight Europe-USA roundtrip would start around 200 euro ($250) + 80 euro taxes/fees while the average fare should be above 300 euro. If you shop around a bit, you can get comparible prices on mainline carriers. Expect only specials to fill up some flights.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Mika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4482 times:
They will need good luck and a pat on the shoulder since the cross atlantic competition is today very high and prices already low. You can get to Miami for around 450 Euro when the fares are the cheapest. Could any airline go below that i wonder?
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4138 times:
Quoting OYRJA (Reply 9): But now they are starting to talk about starting it out of ARN or OSL instead because CPH is too expensive.
Well ARN is somewhat more expensive charges-wise for a 767 than CPH so that seems a strange decision. Could they be looking at one of the other Stockholm airports (i.e. Skvaska) to keep the costs down?
Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32888 posts, RR: 71
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3889 times:
Quoting Hodja (Reply 14): I really wished they'd picked MIA instead - a far more useful and sorely needed gateway for Scandinavians; MCO is strictly a tourist destination and of little use for business travel.
MIA has been in talks with SAS lately. Nothing huge, but promising. MIA works better for full-service carriers.
MLB is the closest airport to Port Canaveral and a booming cruise industry which includes Disney's twin giant cruise ships. They are also the closest airport to to Disney's beach resort located south of Sebastian. During the 1980's MLB had service by nearly all of the majors and in 1991 passenger traffic peaked at 750,000 (not bad for an airport with 5 gates). in comparison, by 2003 passenger traffic had dropped to around 400,000 and all of the airlines had stopped service with the exception of Delta. MLB's Airport Authority has began a major campaign aimed at attracting more airlines by offering a laundry list of incentives, but to date, no takers. After viewing Sanford's success in capturing some of the trans-Atlantic traffic, the Airport Authority has broadened this campaign to include European charter and scheduled service. I belive the group focusing on the European market is a group called PlaneStation Melbourne? I thought I had heard that they had recently landed their first carrier and thought I had heard the name Sterling mentioned, but looking at their (mlbair.com) website, I can't find much info.
MIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3715 times:
SAS previously had plans to start services to MIA sometime in late 2001 but then 9/11 came.
I'm very surprised to hear MLB had services from almost all of the US majors back then because right now that airport is dead. Don't see why so many carriers back then vs now. I would think the Melbourne area has been growing.. rather than losing residents. A few years ago there was a new airline that was going to start based in MLB. They were going to fly DC-9s. It was on the airport's website, but I guess plans were abandoned.
Some years ago while driving around that area on I-95, I saw a USAir MD80 on approach, most likely to MLB so I'm guessing USAir used to fly there. On one occation I decided to actually go see this airport and when I got there all I saw on the terminal was a Spirit MD-80.
To get to the space coast, Cocoa Beach, the cruises etc it's only a 45 minute drive from MCO, which has more attractiions and options than Melbourne. However from Melbourne to the theme parks it's a pretty long drive, around 2 hours.. and now with SFB being a favorite charter airport I think it will be hard for MLB to lure any intl airlines.
Back on topic, let's hope Sterling retains that colorful scheme for the 767s
OYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3577 times:
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 16): MIA has been in talks with SAS lately. Nothing huge, but promising. MIA works better for full-service carriers.
This is great news if itsø true. But I'm curious to see what they choose. They also talked about SFO recently. So it will be interesting to follow.
But I think it will take a while before SK starts a new route to the US. I think their main target right now is Asia.
Doona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3516 times:
Quoting OYRJA (Reply 20): But I think it will take a while before SK starts a new route to the US. I think their main target right now is Asia.
I agree with OYRJA. It would be nice to see SK A340s in NGO or KIX, but NGO is already served by a daily LH flight, and KIX already has a nordic customer, namely Finnair. Might HKG and ICN be possible SK destinations?
Also, a wet dream for me would be services to Australia and NZ from CPH, routing via PVG...
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.