Friedrichshafen: Sun Air postpones comeback to August 2021

Dornier 328 jet (Photo: Sun Air of Scandinavia).
Dornier 328 jet (Photo: Sun Air of Scandinavia).

Friedrichshafen: Sun Air postpones comeback to August 2021

Dornier 328 jet (Photo: Sun Air of Scandinavia).
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The British Airways franchisee Sun Air of Scandinavia actually wanted to reactivate at least the Düsseldorf route from Friedrichshafen shortly before Christmas 2020. From Billund they wanted to fly again from the beginning of November 2020. Wanted, because nothing will come of it now, because the comeback was even postponed to August 2021.

Sun Air is currently not traveling on its own account. Only on behalf of Astra Zeneca, a pharmaceutical company with hopes of a corona vaccine, are company flights between Gothenburg, Cambringe and Manchester being carried out. The routes that were operated independently before the pandemic are still inactive. The last announced resumptions was cancelled.

Friedrichshafen was a mixed success for Sun Air, because the flights to Hamburg turned out to be a financial flop. Both the demand and the extremely expensive Dornier 328-Jet aircraft were likely to have contributed significantly. A flight connection to Toulouse in France was also used for a short time, which should have been particularly interesting for Airbus and MTU. Neither Twinjet nor Sun Air managed to operate the route successfully in the long term. As a result, the BA franchisee is currently only considering resuming the Düsseldorf route. However, the resumption of scheduled flights has been postponed by a proud nine months to August 2021, according to a media release by Sun Air of Scandinavia.

For Friedrichshafen, the decision of the Danes is a major setback, because at the moment there are no regular scheduled flights. Lufthansa discontinued the connection to the Frankfurt am Main hub. Other airlines withdrew, at least temporarily, due to the crisis. With the resumption of the domestic German connection to Düsseldorf, at least one line would have been regained. Nothing will come of this - at least for the time being.

In the past, the Bodensee-Airport was often used by British airlines as a landing point for winter sports enthusiasts who spent their holidays in the Montafon or on the Arlberg, for example. Due to the complicated entry and quarantine regulations in Germany, Austria and especially in the United Kingdom, there are many question marks about these flights in the 2020/21 season. The fact that the United Kingdom currently does not allow freedom of movement has a problem with demand. This means that a quarantine must be entered even with a negative PCR result. By the way, Germany would isolate holidaymakers with negative testing for at least five days, but this can be avoided with immediate transit to Austria. In this country, a negative PCR test is currently sufficient, the sampling of which must not be older than 72 hours. Changes are possible at any time and at short notice.

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