Bombayhog From United States of America, joined May 2001, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1298 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 This information is probably fairly useless, as it's pretty much out of date, but I thought I'd let you know anyway.
Lufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1291 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.
B744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1264 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...
Hagi From Finland, joined Jun 1999, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1253 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.