|Quoting jrn216 (Reply 4):|
What market do these flights cater for? It would appear mainly leisure based looking at the frequency, but I expect there may be some business interest? I don’t imagine there would be any significant VFR traffic, at least none which isn’t already served well by transferring through other European hubs.
I think you're right that it's mainly to cater for the leisure markets ex Scandinavia; three times weekly is not too business-friendly (neither is a narrowbody with no Y+, J or F, when many other airlines offer this on Europe-TLV
); however, with STAR partners you could offer the frequency (e.g. SK
out nonstop and home via FRA
if home on a day SK
doesn't fly). 20 years ago or so Israel was together with the Canary Islands in all winter travel catalogues, and this completely vanished with all the unrest downthere. Now it is slowly coming back, and Israel still has a pleasant winter climate, so I think that SK
is definitely betting on getting customers to go there rather than the Canary Islands, Cyprus or Dubai for their next winter break. There is also an increasing incoming market from Israel to Scandinavia; however, this is small numbers. VFR between Scandinavia and Israel is small, not least compared to for instance UK or Benelux.
|Quoting IAD380 (Reply 6):|
From the 1950s until 2001, SK served TLV with scheduled service. For a short time in the early 1950s, TLV was a stopover on a weekly flight to the Far East. Until 1967, SK flew to TLV through DUS, VIE, and either ATH or IST once, or sometimes twice a week. Starting in 1968, it flew a weekly nonstop to TLV on a DC-8. Later, it down-gauged to a smaller aircraft. Around the time of the Oslo Accords, SK offered a daily flight between CPH and TLV. It suspended flights to TLV during the second intifada. I am not aware if SK ever offered chartered or LCC flights to TLV.
IIRC SAS flew with their 747's to Israel back in the 1980's, although I haven't got any documentation right at hand. These were more or less charter flights for old Scanair I believe, but operated by "real" SK