You can add another airline to the list of those that are more or less suspending operations.
Scandinavian Airlines has today announced that they are putting “most” of their operations on hold as of Monday, March 16, 2020, for an indefinite period of times. Here’s the announcement on SAS’ website:
Due to the coronavirus and the measures implemented by national authorities, the demand for air travel is essentially non-existent. SAS has therefore decided to put most of its operations on hold, starting Monday March 16 and until necessary prerequisites for commercial air traffic returns.
To support our customers, we will in the next few days do our utmost to uphold a certain level of operation to enable travelers to return from their destinations.
Information regarding the traffic situation and specific flights will be constantly updated on our website. Affected passengers will be notified.
The waiting time at our call centers is extraordinary long. We kindly ask that you only call us if your flight departs within the next 3 days.
While we’ve seen plenty of airlines cut capacity, SAS has taken a different approach than other airlines. They’re acknowledging demand is virtually non-existent, and are basically saying they’re shutting down until there’s demand again, rather than giving a period of only a week or two, when surely that would be pushed back.
It sounds like we can still expect a few flights in the next few days, but that’s about it. Interestingly I still see inventory loaded for most flights, so it looks like the airline hasn’t fully started the process of canceling flights and pulling inventory.
This comes as Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, are all closing their borders this coming week to most foreign visitors.