Norwegian analyst: The offer of flights in the future will be limited compared to pre-corona times

Norwegian plane aircraftPhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

Despite the fact that more and more people are flying again, the flight offer will be worse in the future. Medium-sized airports will be hit the hardest, according to aviation industry analysts.

“There will probably be worse offers in many places compared to what we have been used to before,” analyst Hans Jørgen Enæs told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

He believes the airlines will no longer be able to afford non-profitable routes and that the domestic focus will be on the major cities of Oslo, Bodø, Tromsø, Bergen, and Stavanger.

The reprioritization will impact the flight offer at medium-sized airports such as Ålesund, Molde, Haugesund, Kristiansund, Kirkenes, Kristiansand, Alta, and Evenes.

The pandemic has hit the aviation industry hard. SAS has been forced to lay off 5,000 employees, and Norwegian has been in crisis and close to bankruptcy. Before the crisis, the airline had 150 aircraft. Now they only have 51.

Fewer departures

“You will notice that where you would previously be able to choose between two, three, four, or five departures per day, there will now be fewer departures,” communications manager Esben Tuman in Norwegian stated.

Norwegian’s competitor SAS is also hit hard by the fact that more companies choose digital meetings rather than business trips.

“Business travelers want to have a lot of departures to choose from. For leisure travelers, that is not as important,” press manager John Eckhoff in SAS noted.

According to Avinor, air traffic will probably not return to normal levels until 2024.

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