EUROPE & CIS: SAS cuts freighter unit

SAS, Scandinavia’s biggest airline, is set to cease freighter services and shrink other cargo operations as part of a radical restructuring to stem losses and retain its independence in the fast consolidating European airline industry. The part state-owned carrier said in future its freight unit, SAS Cargo, “will focus on selling belly cargo capacity forthe […]


SAS, Scandinavia’s biggest airline, is set to cease freighter services and shrink other cargo operations as part of a radical restructuring to stem losses and retain its independence in the fast consolidating European airline industry. The part state-owned carrier said in future its freight unit, SAS Cargo, “will focus on selling belly cargo capacity forthe group’s airline operations.”

It said other activities would be discontinued or outsourced to third parties. SAS will also sell Spirit Air Cargo Handling which operates at 13 airports in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. SAS Cargo operates code sharing freighter service from Scandinavia to Dubai, Hong Kong and China.