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User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

I would like to know whether Helsinki is a profitable destination for buzz (aka KLM uk), and if not, why they are the only no-frills airline to fly up there.

I ask this, because of all the possible European destinations for a no-frills airline to fly to, I don't think I would have ever thought of Helsinki as a prime tourist mega-profit destination.

Don't get me wrong, I quite like Helsinki after having visited last year, but it just looks so odd on buzz's Euro destination map.


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User currently offlineBombayhog From United States of America, joined May 2001, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1715 times:

I flew Buzz STN-HEL back in July of 2000, and outbound the plane was very empty. As I recall, there weren't more than twenty people on the flight. On the return flight, however, there were quite a few passengers- the plane was about 70% full. This information is probably fairly useless, as it's pretty much out of date, but I thought I'd let you know anyway.



User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1708 times:

I was on the third ever flight from Helsinki, it was probably 40-50% full even with the dirt cheap tickets. Return flight on a KLM uk Fokker 100 was very empty too. Later the second daily service was dropped. They aren't probably doing too well.

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User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

i like the buzz colors.

User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1681 times:

I believe there is some margin for at least one no-frills operator on this route, considering Finnair flying 5-6x times daily (a320, a321, md82) and BA flying 2-3 times daily (b757, b737) between LON and HEL...

User currently offlineHagi From Finland, joined Jun 1999, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1670 times:

I believe Buzz simply found a good market spot -- they are the first low-fares carrier in Helsinki and in a very popular route, too. If you look at any other destination in the Nordic countries they no doubt did study, you will see that not only are the majors competing (SAS <-> BA), but also they would face competition from Ryanair for example. No danger of that in Helsinki, so they went for it.

Well they did cut frequency from two to one daily, so we'll just have to see. Hope they'll be able to make money on the route and stay there. These are very uncertain times, though, and airports that will see increase in passenger flows and number of routes/carriers are very few if any.

- Hagi

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