Buzz Airlines & Finland

Sun Oct 07, 2001 10:02 pm

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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RE: Buzz Airlines & Finland

Mon Oct 08, 2001 1:35 am

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 This information is probably fairly useless, as it's pretty much out of date, but I thought I'd let you know anyway.


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RE: Buzz Airlines & Finland

Mon Oct 08, 2001 2:04 am

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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RE: Buzz Airlines & Finland

Mon Oct 08, 2001 2:45 am

i like the buzz colors.
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RE: Buzz Airlines & Finland

Mon Oct 08, 2001 5:56 am

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...
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RE: Buzz Airlines & Finland

Mon Oct 08, 2001 8:44 am

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.

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