Copenhagen Airport challenges  

Helsinki’s hub position

2012.03.27

Blue1, owned by SAS, strengthens Copenhagen’s position as gateway to the rest of Europe by opening five new flight routes in Denmark.

Finish travelers will start using Copenhagen instead of Helsinki as a springboard to reach destinations around Europe.  

Last Monday, the Finish airline company Blue1, which is owned by SAS, opened five new flight routes in Copenhagen Airport and expanded three existing ones. By 2013, the expansion will result in 750.000 more travelers to and from Copenhagen, shows calculations made by Copenhagen Airport.

Denmark’s Minister for Trade and Investment Pia Olsen Dyhr participated in Monday’s opening of the new routes, as the first departure from the Finish town of Vasaa arrived in Copenhagen Airport.  

In a press release by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she said:

- New flight routes as Blue1’s from Vasaa to Copenhagen are a direct airway to growth in Denmark with more tourists, increased turnover and new jobs. Hopefully, the new flight routes will make Finish investors find Denmark even more attractive.

When foreign companies decide whether they should invest in or open offices in Denmark or Sweden, good airlines connections are important.

- In times of crisis, Blue 1’s decision is great news to the employment situation in Denmark, adds Olsen Dyhr.

Copenhagen Airport is an important northern European hub

Carsten Nørland, Vice President, Sales and Market, Copenhagen Airport, agreed:  

- The new routes are great news for the airport, for Copenhagen and for Denmark. With 750.000 new passengers a year we will create growth in Copenhagen and strengthens the capital’s position as an important northern European hub, he said.  

CEO of Blue1, Stefan Wentjärvi, highlights the fact that Copenhagen Airport with 134 European and intercontinental routes has more than twice as many routes as Helsinki Airport. That was one of the main arguments for moving Blue1’s traffic to Copenhagen.

- By flying from Copenhagen, travelers have a lot more options, said Stefan Wentjärvi.  

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