SAS to launch direct Copenhagen – Bangkok flights

Danish flag carrier SAS Scandinavian Airlines will launch a direct route between Copenhagen in Denmark and Bangkok in Thailand in October this year to meet increasing demand, the airline announced on Tuesday.

SAS first opened a route from Copenhagen to Bangkok way back in 1949, which was discontinued in 2014. Bangkok was SAS’s first-ever destination in East Asia.

The relaunched route’s inaugural flight will take off from Copenhagen-Kastrup Airport (CPH) on October 30, coinciding with the start of Thailand’s high tourist season.

The airline’s “newest and most efficient” 300-seater Airbus A350-900 aircraft will service the route thrice weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The plane is divided into three classes.

Flight SK973 will take off from Copenhagen at 11.30pm local time and arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok (BKK) the next day at 5.05pm local time. The flight time is approximately 10 hours and 30 minutes.

Flight SK974 will depart from Bangkok at 11.45pm and land in Copenhagen the next day at 6.35am. Both legs of the route will operate as overnight flights.

SAS reported that the route will be a winter seasonal route. The route is still awaiting governmental approval, according to the airline’s press release.

Ceo of Scandinavian Airlines Anko van der Werff said…

“Thailand and the Scandinavian countries have a long history of friendship and cooperation, and returning with a direct route after nine years is a true pleasure. Bangkok is a vibrant meeting point for international business.

“The country has topped several rankings as the world’s most popular tourist destination with its beautiful beaches, lush jungles, and extraordinary Thai cuisine. Regardless of the reason to travel, we are excited to once again offer a direct connection between Scandinavia and the Land of Smiles.”

The only other airline servicing the route is Thai flag carrier Thai Airways, which runs a daily direct service between Bangkok and Copenhagen.

As part of its winter 2023/23 programme, SAS will continue its three-weekly flights to Tokyo-Haneda (HND) in Japan and Shanghai-Pudong (PVG) in China.

SAS mentored Thai Airways in its early days and the Thai flag carrier even used a version of SAS’s livery until well into the 1970s.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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