Saaga Travel was born on June 19, 2019, when charter bus operator R.Sassin Liikenne Oy changed owners and company name was changed. The company was bought by Sanna and Pekka Kimpimäki, Pentti Tiitinen and Jari-Pekka Kokkonen - all longtime industry veterans and colleagues. In addition, Juha Kuukasjärvi, owner and entrepreneur of Hotel Iso-Syöte, and Mauno Sarajärvi, multi-entrepreneur from Syöte, were also involved in the company in the early stages.
At the very beginning, our sales and driver team was joined by our former colleague, Kimmo Kokkonen, a true expert in the charter bus field, and a strong group of familiar, experienced charter bus drivers.
As a result of the subsequent ownership arrangements, Kuukasjärvi and Sarajärvi have withdrawn from the ownership and Kimmo Kokkonen, responsible for operations, Johanna Salmela, responsible for international trade development, Petri Luokkanen, responsible for repair shop operations, and Sami Lylander, a financial management professional, have become new partners at various stages.
The COVID-19 period was difficult for our company, but with the perseverance of an entrepreneur, we got through that too. Right now, the future looks bright. In a short time, our company has achieved a significant position in the charter bus market in the Oulu economic area. Also the international demand is increasing all the time.
In September 2022, we took another bold step in development by buying the entire share capital of chartere bus company Tilausajo VM Mikkola Oy from Rovaniemi. The transaction enables a more efficient offering of our own travel products to our international customers, as well as a more comprehensive service for our domestic customers in the entire region of Northern Finland.
Our vision is to be the leading passenger transport company in our field in terms of quality and functionality. We move towards this vision with diligence, enthusiasm, innovation and commitment.
Our values are based on respect for personnel and customers, efficiency, profitability and pioneering. All our decisions are based on these values.
Our equipment is versatile. Saaga Travel Gold service is based on black, fully equipped VIP cars. The Gold fleet currently consists of MB E-model sedans, V-series minivans and up to 19-seater Sprinter minibuses. The larger bus fleet consists of buses ranging from a 48-seater tourist bus up to a 79-seater jumbo double-decker bus. All our cars are perfectly equipped, well-maintained and clean. The equipment of our buses includes e.g. charging plugs for all passengers, wireless wifi, toilet, air conditioning, refrigerator, screens, etc.
We focus on three business areas in our services
- Charters forming the basis of our operations. We offer high-quality transportation to the desired destination for groups of different sizes.
- Travel packages are a comprehensive service that includes everything you need on your trip. Bus ride, meals, activities, guides, accommodation, etc. Tell us what you need, we will make a proposal which together will be filed into a package that suits you.
- International incoming business is a strongly growing part of our operations. We serve tour operators with professionalism and strong experience as their transportation and DMC partner.
Our head office is located near Oulu Airport at Hakatie 15, Kempele. You are welcome to meet us at our office on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also reach us by phone and email in the evenings.
We hope to hear from you soon!
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