Blerg wrote:davidjohnson6 wrote:https://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/kristianstad_airport/pressreleases/nytt-flygbolag-skaaneflyg-3052314
Skaneflyg is a new proposed airline that seems to want to fly between Kristianstad and Stockholm
As far as I know it has neither aircraft nor AOC - ie just a wannabe airline. I'm rather sceptical about flying from Kristianstad given so many other failed or heavily subsidised attempts to fly from there
Anybody else have thoughts ?
The municipality has 85.000 inhabitants. Do they really need flights to Stockholm? Market seems to be rather small.
Sweden is an entire country of small "markets". People out there still need to get to Stockholm and to other "markets". The nearest airport that is considered "major" in Sweden is Malmö, and it will take you at least 1 1/2 hours to drive there in good conditions. Malmö in itself is only some 350 000 inhabitants and would be considered a very small "market" in the US and even central Europe I guess. The driver for flights from places like Kristianstad, Ronneby, Kalmar and Växjö is that it takes "forever" to go by train to Stockholm (minimum 4:24 hrs, Karlskrona/Ronneby is 5:30 to STO) and during winter, it can be downright dangerous or even impossible to get to a suitable train station along the main tracks, let alone travel by car all the way to Stockholm (~5:30 hrs). In winter the trains are having massive problems getting to get to their destinations. Lots of businesses in Stockholm are located north of the city, so connections from airports and train stations are very similar, but from opposing directions, which means Arlanda has an advantage due to less traffic. If you need go to Stockholm city, the train has an advantage of course. Does Kristianstad NEED a direct connection? Well, in the 1800's they went there by horse and wagon if they needed I assume, so it depends Living in Halmstad I have the same dilemma as they do. Train means an overnight stay if I want to have time for more than a handshake in Stockholm before I return, and as handshakes are banned these days, I might as well skip that. By air I get to the office before my workmates that are stuck in traffic (unless they were smart enough to leave home at 6 am to beat the traffic). I can then hitch a ride with a colleague to Bromma at the end of the work day and be home in time for supper. Before Corona, I could even opt to take the late flight at 20:30-ish in order to have more time after office hours if need be. I even went to Kramfors on a 3 hour extended lunch meeting many years ago and was home at about 21:30 in Halmstad the same day I left home. That brings me to the other aspect. We don't only go to Stockholm, you know. If I need to go to Kiruna, Karlstad, Umeå or some other place we call a major city in this 1572 km long country, it gets kind of problematic if only "markets" with substantially more than 100k inhabitants are to have flights to Stockholm, as that would mean Göteborg and Malmö only!
When it comes to Kristianstad one may think that there are plenty of direct flights nearby, like Ronneby, Växjö and Malmö. Still, the convenience of flying directly and skipping the 2-2,5 hours (travel time + margin) extra time to get to the airport is rather precious.