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Why SN To BMA Instead Of ARN?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:39 pm

This evening, while trying to book a flight to Stockholm from BRU I found out that SN only flies to BMA. Not that I don't like BMA (I've been to BMA a few times before and I quite like it) , but I'm just wondering why SN doesn't fly to ARN as it usually serves major airports (such as LHR instead of the other LON airports).
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RE: Why SN To BMA Instead Of ARN?

Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:21 am

They seem to have some liking of smaller airports. SN was one of the last airlines leaving Berlin Tempelhof before it closed and were obviously very happy operating from there while most other airlines had already moved to Tegel or Schönefeld. Bromma is superconvenient and as a Stockholm local I would prefer to fly from there over Arlanda any day, also when travelling to Stockholm. SN probably does not have a lot of connecting traffic beyond Stockholm (I talked to the Bromma airport people once and they told me that in fact SN has many connecting from BMA to Africa through its hub in BRU). Other than convenience and no need to fly to ARN for connections, I have no explanation for you...
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RE: Why SN To BMA Instead Of ARN?

Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:10 am

This started on December 5, 2004 when they launched a cooperation with Malmö Aviation which obviously mainly operates from Bromma, so they moved their flights from Arlanda to Bromma. For some time, Malmö Aviation was flying some of the Bromma-Brussels services as well until 2006. I guess they liked it so much thereafter that they continued.

Here is a really old news article I found on the topic in my archive from October 23, 2004:

SN Brussels Airlines (SN/Brussels) will take over the A330-300 operations from Birdy Airlines (4V/Brussels) on October 27 when the latter will cease trading. Birdy Airlines is operating three A330-300s on behalf of SN Brussels Airlines to destinations in Africa. SNBA has signed a cooperation agreement with Malmö Aviation (TF/Malmö Sturup). As of November 1 the two carriers will codeshare on the Brussels-Gothenburg Landvetter and Brussels-Stockholm routes. Malmö Aviation currently operates to Stockholm’s Bromma airport while SNBA serves Arlanda. SNBA will move its services to Bromma on December 5. The two carriers will operate a total of five daily flights on the two routes. SNBA has also signed new codeshare agreements with Bulgaria Air (FB/Sofia) for the Brussels-Sofia route and will extend its codeshare agreement with Iberia (IB/Madrid) to include the Brussels-Asturias route.
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RE: Why SN To BMA Instead Of ARN?

Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:50 am

Thanks for the replies. Why doesn't SN code share with its alliance partner SK at ARN? This would offer SK connections in BRU (with a lot of African destinations) and SN way more connections on the ARN end.
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RE: Why SN To BMA Instead Of ARN?

Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:27 am

The reason they serve BMA over ARN is as said, because it is much more conveniently located in the centre of the city of Stockholm. When your market at the Swedish end of the route is just O&D driven, it doesn't make much sense to go to ARN really: most airlines have to do so because they operate planes that can not land at BMA, but other than that I can not think of any good reason why for instance KL or BA would want to go to ARN over BMA.

As to why SN doesn't codeshare with SK, frankly I have no clue.
Both STAR partners compete head on, not just on BRU-ARN/BMA, but also on BRU-CPH and BRU-OSL and although I can understand that the BRU-BMA route is a very lucrative niche for SN which they don't want to give up in favour of BRU-ARN, they'd certainly benefit from working together on BRU-CPH and even more so on BRU-OSL, since especially on the latter both airlines now compete with quite incomplete schedules of 2 just flights each...

However, SN has an intense partnership (including connecting flights within Sweden) with Malmo Aviation on BRU-BMA and the 2 also codeshare on BRU-CPH and BRU-GOT, so my guess is this partnership is deemed more lucrative than any partnership with SAS, but I agree it is all very strange indeed.

[Edited 2012-09-15 00:30:47]

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