SAS increases from seven to ten direct flights to Manchester a week from April. The airline is experiencing a strong growth now that Ole Gunnar Solskjær is a United coach.
SAS says to Dagens Næringsliv that Solskjaer’s success as Manchester United manager contributes to the company increasing the capacity of Manchester flights by 40 percent from next month. Two of the departures are from Bergen, the rest are from Oslo.
– This is one of the cases where I want to break SAS’s rule of not providing passenger numbers for competition reasons. But we are very satisfied with the development. Therefore, we also introduce larger aircraft in addition to increasing the number of departures, ”says press manager Knut Morten Johansen in SAS Norway.
Norwegian is also experiencing increased interest and is considering increasing the number of departures from the autumn.
In addition to being a magnet for Solskjær’s victory series, there are many Liverpool fans in Norway, and Manchester is also a decent airport to travel to.
Liverpool have done better this year than in a very long time, leading a period of the English league, but are now one point behind Manchester’s second major city, City. Manchester United is fourth, 13 points behind City.