SAS's sale of an 80% stake in Widerøe does not mean the end for codeshare agreements between the two, says the regional carrier.
“These are commercial agreements we want to keep,” said Widerøe vice-president communications Richard Kongsteien, speaking at the European Regions Airline Association’s 2013 general assembly in Salzburg, Austria.
“It’s important our customers don’t feel any changes. We have a good product with the codeshare agreement with SAS, letting our passengers be able to check in at small rural airports and get their luggage back again in Shanghai or San Francisco,” he adds.
The SAS stake in Widerøe was sold to Norwegian investors following an agreement between SAS Group and its creditors as part of a restructuring programme. The remaining shares in the Norwegian regional carrier will be divested in 2016.