SAS to restart flights from Oslo to seven major European cities

The Scandinavian airline SAS is to restart flights between Oslo and the UK, Ireland, Germany, and Switzerland, in a bet that restrictions will be lifted on the countries next week.

SAS to restart flights from Oslo to seven major European cities
SAS is slowly rebuilding its routes. Photo: SAS
In a press release issued on Monday, the airline said it was restarting flights between Oslo and London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Dublin, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Zürich. 
“As demand and interest in air travel across Europe returns, SAS is resuming flights on routes to many destinations,” the airline wrote. “Restrictions are being relaxed on travel between Norway and England and elsewhere, and SAS is starting flights to London and Manchester.” 
The new routes will start operating from July 16th — the day after July 15th, when Norway has said it will lift travel restrictions on European countries with an “acceptable” level of infection. 
Although Norway's government only plans to publish its list of open countries on July 10th, SAS appears confident that the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland will all be on the list.  
The airline said it would reopen more routes in Europe as demand returns. 
Here are the new routes, which will start from mid-July:
OSL-FRA: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from July 16th
OSL-DUS: Monday, Friday and Sunday from July 17th
OSL-ZRH: Saturday from 11 July, daily from July 16th
OSL-EDI: Thursday and Sunday from July 23rd
OSL-LHR: Daily from 15 July
OSL-MAN: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from July 16th
OSL-DUB: Wednesday and Sunday from July 15th
The airline is also launching flights between Stockholm and Ireland and Switzerland: 
ARN-DUB: Thursday and Sunday from July 16th
ARN-ZRH: Daily except Tuesdays and Saturdays from July 17th
It is launching a route between Copenhagen and Manchester: 
CPH-MAN: Monday and Friday from July 17th

It is also increasing the frequency of flights between London and Stockholm and Copenhagen: 
ARN-LHR: Increases from 7 to 10 departures a week from July 17th
CPH-LHR: Increases from 7 to 13 departures a week from July 17th

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‘We agree to disagree’: Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

By lunchtime on Friday, talks between the Scandinavian airline SAS and unions representing striking pilots were still stuck on "difficult issues".

'We agree to disagree': Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

“We agree that we disagree,” Roger Klokset, from the Norwegian pilots’ union, said at lunchtime outside the headquarters of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise in Stockholm, where talks are taking place. “We are still working to find a solution, and so long as there is still some point in continuing negotiations, we will do that.” 

Mats Ruland, a mediator for the Norwegian government, said that there were “still several difficult issues which need to be solved”. 

At 1pm on Friday, the two sides took a short break from the talks for lunch, after starting at 9am. On Thursday, they negotiated for 15 hours, breaking off at 1am on Friday morning. 

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Marianne Hernæs, SAS’s negotiator on Friday told journalists she was tired after sitting at the negotiating table long into the night. 

“We need to find a model where we can meet in the middle and which can ensure that we pull in the income that we are dependent on,” she said. 

Klokset said that there was “a good atmosphere” in the talks, and that the unions were sticking together to represent their members.

“I think we’ve been extremely flexible so far. It’s ‘out of this world’,’ said Henrik Thyregod, with the Danish pilots’ union. 

“This could have been solved back in December if SAS had not made unreasonable demands on the pilots,” Klokset added. 

The strike, which is now in its 12th day, has cost SAS up to 130m kronor a day, with 2,550 flights cancelled by Thursday, affecting 270,000 passengers.