Joint venture wins final approval, it is announced today
Singapore Airlines has announced that it will increase services between Singapore and Copenhagen, following final regulatory approval for a joint venture with Scandinavian Airlines. SIA currently operates three weekly flights between Singapore and CPH. Subject to airport slot availability, the frequency will increase to five flights per week from 31 March 2013. Star Alliance partner SAS will add its code to the flights.
The Competition Commission of Singapore confirmed today that it has cleared the joint venture between SIA and SAS. As announced in May, the partnership will encompass joint operations including the co-ordination of flight schedules and joint sales activities.
Singapore Airlines’ executive vice president commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah, said: “We are very pleased to announce an increase in frequency to Copenhagen now that regulatory approvals have been obtained for our wide-ranging partnership with SAS. We look forward to further building on our ties with SAS to provide more travel choices for our customers.”
SIA and SAS have been codesharing since December 2010. SIA adds its code to SAS-operated flights beyond Copenhagen to Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm, while SAS has been codesharing on SIA-operated flights between Copenhagen and Singapore, and on selected flights between Singapore and Bangkok. An expansion of codeshare ties is currently under discussion. New services between Singapore and Scandinavia will also be explored, subject to market conditions.