Trondheim welcomes Lufthansa; the international market has just 7% of scheduled seats

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Nearly 50 Norwegian airports handle scheduled passenger flights, many serving small communities inaccessible or at least challenging to reach with another transport mode. The country’s third-busiest airport is Trondheim. According to Avinor, it had just over four million passengers last year, about 6% more than in 2022 but still down by 9% versus the record in 2018.

Trondheim traffic 2006-2023

Lufthansa begins first flights from Munich

Helping with Trondheim’s traffic recovery is Lufthansa, which has returned to the Norwegian airport after 12 years. It last flew from its busiest hub, Frankfurt, in 2011 and 2012, mainly on the 737-500 and Embraer E190.

Lufthansa returned to Trondheim on 28 April 2024, this time from its second-busiest hub of Munich with 2-weekly A319 flights. Cirium shows that it is the first time the route has been served. Trondheim is one of five Norwegian airports in Lufthansa’s S24 network and one of 12 within Scandinavia.

Trondheim has seen airlines pull out in recent years. Nordica, using LOT Polish equipment, operated from Tallinn between 2016 and 2019, airBaltic served Riga between 2021 and 2023 and PLAY flew from Keflavik in 2022. Defunct Flyr was part of Trondheim’s portfolio in 2022/2023.

Three carriers have 93% of scheduled capacity

While Trondheim has various charter flights to sun destinations operated by carriers including Aegean, Braathens, Freebird, and Sunclass, this article examines its scheduled services.

According to Cirium data, scheduled seats in S24 are 2% lower than in S23. Like most airports in the country, Trondheim is very heavily dominated by SAS, Norwegian and Widerøe (now part of the Norwegian Group). The year-on-year reduction is mainly because of cuts by SAS and Norwegian.

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Cirium indicates that SAS has eight Trondheim routes in S24, two fewer than last summer from ending Haugesund (June 2023) and Tromsø (October 2023). Norwegian has 12 routes, one fewer year-on-year from the end of Manchester (June 2023). Widerøe has 14 routes, including Stavanger (31 March 2024; 6-weekly) and Florø (1 April 2024; 3-weekly). However, Kristiansand has ended (June 2023).

Other scheduled carriers have 7% of S24 seats. ULCC Wizz Air has flown to Trondheim since 2012. It now has one route (Gdańsk) but previously served Kraków, Oslo, Stavanger, Tromsø and Vilnius, among others. The domestic links were part of its short-lived domestic Norwegian operation.

Trondheim Scheduled airlines S24

The domestic market has 80% of seats

Trondheim’s scheduled network comprises 29 destinations in S24. Inevitably, the capital link to Oslo OSL, 365 kilometres away, has 45% of available seats. There are 123-weekly flights in May, with Norwegian (70), SAS (51) and Widerøe (2). When all Norwegian destinations are considered, the domestic market accounts for eight in 10 scheduled seats.

Amsterdam is Trondheim’s number one international market and number five overall. It plays an important role in the city’s international tourism and wider links, with many passengers connecting to other flights in Schiphol. KLM has 3-daily flights in May. It will be fascinating to see if and how such regional routes change when SAS becomes a SkyTeam member in September 2024.

Top 10 Trondheim scheduled destinations S24

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