SAS 十月廿八日起將香港直航改為來往哥本哈根 SAS changes to HKG–CPH from 28 October

北歐航空 (SAS) 宣佈,因取得新的航班升降時段 (估計所指為取得香港國際機場的下午降落及凌晨起飛時段,該時段是大部份來往歐洲航班在到達及離開香港的時間),自今年十月廿八日起將更改香港直航時間,又因涉及航機調動安排,當日起香港直航航班需改為來回哥本哈根。

目前斯德哥爾摩至香港的直航航班 (SK963/964) 是在下午從斯德哥爾摩亞蘭達機場 (ARN) 出發,在上午約七時抵達香港,九時許從香港起飛,下午返抵瑞典。這個時間表對於希望乘搭夜機節省時間的旅客,或需在歐洲接駁航班的人來說,都是頗為不便的。但2015年SAS才重開香港航線 (SAS曾開辦哥本哈根至香港啟德直航,但傳因不滿香港新機場收費太高而在1998年停辦),在繁忙的香港機場開辦新航線也很難得到好的升降時間,於是這時間表維持了大約三年。

斯德哥爾摩方面,現時香港是SAS唯一從斯德哥爾摩前往遠東地區的直航 (北京、上海及東京線均從哥本哈根出發),從香港到達瑞典的航班,通常會再做一班美國來回,飛返瑞典後再做香港線。如香港航班時間修改,即難以完善運用客機,故需改往大部份SAS長途航班出發的哥本哈根。

航班亦將更改編號為SK965/966。新航班時間維持每週五班,晚上從哥本哈根 (CPH) 出發,下午到達香港,凌晨從香港出發,早上到達哥本哈根,方便乘客轉乘其他航班前往歐洲各地,也方便乘客利用鐵路和道路前往丹麥及瑞典南部,但SAS亦將面對國泰的直接競爭 (夏季每週三班HKG–CPH)。來往香港和瑞典北部也將變得十分不便。

SAS曾一度暫停十月後來往香港的直航航班售票,現已恢復並更新為SK965/966,所有持有十月廿八日後SK963/964機票的乘客將自動改為SK965/966並改經哥本哈根。

以下是十月廿八日起,SAS服務香港的班次 (冬令時間):

SK965 週三至週日 CPH 20:55–14:45+1 HKG
SK966 週二、週五至週日 HKG 01:20–06:20 CPH / 週一 HKG 01:35–06:35

SAS A330-300 at Arlanda 北歐航空 A330-300 在亞蘭達
SAS A330-300 at Arlanda 北歐航空 A330-300 在亞蘭達

SAS Scandinavian Airlines announced that, as a new landing/takeoff slot is obtained (assumed to be that of Hong Kong, which means they will able to serve Hong Kong during the afternoon to midnight slot, the slot most used by Hong Kong to Europe flights), the HKG timetable will change from 28 October 2018 onwards, and the route will be changed to CPH–HKG due to the consequent change in operational schedule.

Presently (SK963/964) the flight departs Stockholm Arlanda in the afternoon and reaches Hong Kong in the morning at around 7, leaving Hong Kong at 9-something and landing at Arlanda in the afternoon. This is not so convenient for travellers wishing to travel overnight to save time, or transferring to other European flights. Unfortunately at the extra-busy Hong Kong airport (SAS returned to HKG in 2015, having long ago ditched its CPH–HKG Kai Tak direct flight rumoured to be due to discontent over the new airport’s high fees in 1998), it’s not easy to get a good slot and the timetable has been maintained for three years.

As for Stockholm, the HKG flight is the only SAS Far East flight that departs there (Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo routes all depart from Copenhagen). After the HKG flight arrives at ARN, the aircraft serves a United States return and then serves HKG again from Arlanda. The change of schedule means this operational arrangement will no longer hold and thus the route is changed to Copenhagen where most SAS long-haul flights are based.

The flights will change numbers to SK965/966. Still maintaining five flights per week, the flight departs Copenhagen in the evening, reaching Hong Kong in the afternoon, departing Hong Kong after midnight and arriving Copenhagen in the morning. This means convenience for onward connection to elsewhere in Europe, and also train and road connection to the rest of Denmark and southern Sweden, but SAS will face direct competition from Cathay Pacific (summer three flights per week HKG–CPH). Flying between Hong Kong and northern Sweden will also become very inconvenient.

SAS had earlier suspended sales of the direct flight to HKG after October, but has now resumed and updated to SK965/966. All passengers with ticket of SK963/964 after 28 October will be automatically rebooked to SK965/966 and rerouted to CPH.

New schedule from 28 October (winter time):

SK965 Wed to Sun CPH 20:55–14:45+1 HKG
SK966 Tue, Fri to Sun HKG 01:20–06:20 CPH / Mon HKG 01:35–06:35