It's a bloody nightmare - I travel from Brussels to Helsinki quite a lot for work and usually have to travel with KL via AMS, LHR via FRA/MUC or SK via OSL/CPH/ARN. I can't believe that AY get away with charging so much on that route - it is often up towards €1,000 return.
Isn't AY codesharing with SN? As they did when SN was still operating the route. I'm sure there would be demand for additional one or two daily flights.
They don't, at least not anymore. Some competition is needed though.
From the consumer's point of view, some competition is definitely needed, yes. There's no doubt about that.
But is it also needed from the airline's point of view? That's what determines if a certain route will be operated.
Some 12 years ago I used to fly to BRU a few times a year, with all: AY, SN and KF. They were all almost always at least 75% full.
And 75% full means that the flights were profitable?
12 years ago AY had three flights to BRU per weekday, while SN flew two. The companies code-shared. Currently, AY flies four flights per weekday.
SN run a billboard campaign in Helsinki area, promoting rather cheap onward connections to places like Nice. That was a pretty radical effort for a company flying a couple of Avros per day to HEL.
KF European flying, if I recall correctly, was a financial disaster and didn't last long.
Currently LH group is probably perfectly happy with funneling traffic to/from BRU through their German hubs, unless SN suddenly needs more places to expand. Maybe they could give a shot for Eurowings on the route at some point.
SK is probably perfectly happy funneling traffic through their Scandinavian hubs.
Norwegian? Even if they were to open the route, they would have to fly at least daily, if not even twice to be a relevant option for the business/government traffic on the route (that currently pays the highest premiums). Only way they could fill those flights would be by offering deep discounts, to which AY would surely retaliate. Lose - lose for both.
The question was, why is there no competition flying (directly) between the cities, and I'm just doing my best to explain.