Showing posts with label Copenhagen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Copenhagen. Show all posts

24 August, 2023

Ryanair to open base in Copenhagen in December 2023

Ryanair, the budget airline has confirmed it will expand in Denmark by opening a 2 aircraft base at Copenhagen from December 2023. This expasion will create 100 direct positions and many more indirectly.

Ryanair is already Copenhagen’s No. 3 airline operating 20 routes and carrying 2.3million  passengers a year.  This new 2 aircraft base will allow Ryanair to offer its unbeatable low fares to Danish citizens and visitors in direct competition to the finacially strained SAS.    

Ryanair’s winter ’23 schedule to/from Copenhagen offers 24 routes, with 4 exciting new destinations to Dusseldorf, Faro, Paris and Warsaw, and increased frequencies to Gdansk and Krakow.

The low-fare high-fee airline says it expects to operate from Copenhagen’s low-cost “CPH GO” pier. At the announcement the carrier took a swipe at the the airport and the Danish authorities demanding they lower fees and charges which its claims arte hampering recovery efforts. 

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said the new base:  "Represents a further $200m investment by Ryanair in the recovery of air traffic and tourism in Copenhagen, which continues to lag behind its pre-Covid volumes. Ryanair believes this is because the high airport fees and the high fares being charged by NAS and SAS which hampers recovery of Danish traffic and tourism."

Never one to shy away from a publicity stunt, the racist leader of the carrier even donned a horned helmet for the announcement despite there being no evidence that viking warriors ever used helmets with horns.  

04 July, 2022

SAS warns survival at stake as pilot strike grounds flights

Wage talks between Scandinavian airline SAS and its pilots collapsed on Monday, triggering a strike that puts the future of the carrier at risk and adds to travel chaos across Europe as the peak summer vacation period begins, reports Anna Ringstrom and Essi Lehto. 

The action is the first major airline strike to hit when the industry is seeking to capitalise on the first full rebound in leisure travel following the pandemic.

It follows months of acrimony between employees and management as the airline seeks to recover from the impact of lockdowns without taking on costs it believes would leave it unable to compete with lower-cost rivals.

At the same time, employees across Europe are demanding wage rises as they struggle with surging living costs.

A strike could cost SAS some 80 million to 90 million Danish crowns ($11.2 million-$12.6 million) per day, Sydbank analyst Jacob Pedersen calculated, and the company's ticket sales for future flights will suffer. Shares in SAS were down 5% by 1351 GMT.

"A strike at this point is devastating for SAS and puts the company's future together with the jobs of thousands of colleagues at stake," SAS Chief Executive Anko van der Werff said in a statement.

"The decision to go on strike now demonstrates reckless behaviour from the pilots' unions and a shockingly low understanding of the critical situation that SAS is in."

Union leaders blamed SAS.

"We have finally realised that SAS doesn't want an agreement," SAS Pilot Group chairman Martin Lindgren told reporters. "SAS wants a strike."

Lindgren said the pilots were ready to resume talks, but called on SAS to change its stance. "We hope we will be able to return to the negotiating table and meet, but it requires that the employer makes a move," he said.

The unions said nearly 1,000 pilots in Denmark, Sweden and Norway will join the strike, which is one of the biggest walkouts by airline workers since British Airways pilots in 2019 grounded most of the carrier's flights in a dispute over pay.

Loss-making SAS is seeking to restructure its business by undertaking large cost cuts, raising cash and converting debt to equity. read more

"This is all about finding investors. How on earth is a strike in the busiest week of the last 2.5 years helping find and attract investors?" van der Werff told reporters.

10 August, 2019

Reduced charges cuts profits at Copenhagen Airport.

With 14.4 million travellers, the first six months of 2019 were just as busy as the record year of 2018, yet profits are down by around 12.5%.  The airport has said this is due to a number of reasons, not least the reduction in charges paid by airlines to use the airport.

In June, HRH the Crown Prince opened a new terminal area worth nearly DKK 2 billion and construction has kept up the pace. 

At the end of the first six months, the profit before tax excluding one-off items, was DKK 621.6 million. This is 12.5% lower than in the same period last year. There are several reasons for this, the main one being the reduction of the charge that airlines pay to use the airport.

14 June, 2019

Aviator and Carlsberg will democratize the lounge concept with a new lounge at Copenhagen Airport based on the concept, “beer, love and hoppiness.”

The new Carlsberg Aviator Lounge opens in the Copenhagen Airport. Instead of just servicing business-class travellers, the new Carlsberg Aviator Lounge is open to everyone and developed in line with Carlsberg’s mindset to provide the best beer-experience possible.

“Today, it is no longer enough to service business-class travellers. Many other travellers want to sit comfortably and enjoy good food and drinks before travelling. Therefore, everyone must be welcome in the new Carlsberg Aviator Lounge. At the same time we wanted a lounge created in line with Carlsberg’s mindset to constantly do better and be more sustainable”, says Lars Wrist-Elkjær, Managing Director of Aviator Denmark.

The goal of the new Carlsberg Aviator Lounge is to create a breathing space for travellers - regardless of ticket type - combined with Carlsberg’s mindset to constantly do better and create interesting and sustainable beer-experiences.

01 September, 2017

Cathay Pacific A350 Heading for Copenhagen

The highly respected Cathay Pacific is in the process of massively expanding its European route network, already announcing new direct services to Dublin and Brussels. However that expansion doesn't stop there, for the Hong Kong based airline has also announced a new direct route, using one of its state of the art Airbus A350 aircraft to the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

The airline said it will be operating a pioneering non-stop route to the city, further strengthening the airline’s network and providing new trade and tourism opportunities between Asia and Europe.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said that the announced services will meet customer demand for non-stop travel, while at the same time providing Europe-based passengers with more convenient access to key destinations in Asia and Southwest Pacific through the airline’s home in Hong Kong.

Copenhagen is considered to be Scandinavia’s capital of cool by many and is a beautiful thriving eco-friendly metropolis with a small-town feel. The breathtakingly beautiful harbour is a must-see for any tourist or visitor and the perfect place to sit and 'people-watch' over the rim of a beer glass!. The lifelong home of fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, Copenhagen has been named the world’s most liveable city on numerous occasions. The popularity of this charming city has risen dramatically over the last few years, thanks in part to being featured in European hit TV series like Borgen, The Killing and The Bridge. Denmark’s cultural centre will be served by a three-times weekly seasonal service between 2 May and 12 October 2018.

Read on to learn more and see the schedule.