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SAS Adds Atlanta in Ongoing SkyTeam Pivot

The airline is adding a new route to Delta's largest hub as part of its tie-up with the Air France-KLM Group.

A SAS A330-300 (Photo: Shutterstock)

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced the addition of a ninth destination to its North American network for the upcoming Summer 2024 season. The airline announced additional frequencies to a handful of its North American destinations.

Starting on June 17, 2024, SAS will launch daily nonstop service between Copenhagen (CPH) and Atlanta (ATL). This new route is set to be operated by an Airbus A330-300.

“Through an agreement with Delta Air Lines, passengers can continue their journey on other Delta-served destinations out of Atlanta. This development means an expanded offering for SAS passengers, who can look forward to reaching several new and exciting destinations across the Southern USA, Caribbean, and Latin America, all conveniently accessible from Atlanta,” said SAS President and CEO Anko van der Werff in a press release.

The airline says it expects cargo to play a significant role in the Copenhagen-Atlanta route expansion. Atlanta is near the Port of Savannah, the largest and fastest-growing container terminal in America.

Other Network Changes

Furthermore, SAS is enhancing its existing North American offerings with increased frequencies to some routes. Copenhagen-New York-JFK will see up to two daily flights, complementing daily service to Newark from Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen.

Copenhagen-Boston will see daily flights, up from six times a week during the summer. In addition, Copenhagen-Toronto will receive a fourth weekly flight.

In October 2023, it was announced that Air France-KLM would take a 19.9% stake in SAS subject to regulatory approvals. SAS is set to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings later this year. As part of the Air France-KLM investment, SAS is set to leave the Star Alliance and join the SkyTeam in Spring 2024.

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