Airline Norwegian announces 10 new routes from Denmark

Low-cost airline Norwegian will operate services from Denmark to 10 new locations from next year.

Airline Norwegian announces 10 new routes from Denmark
Norwegian will offer flights from Denmark to more destinations from next year. File photo: Tt News Agency/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The airline is to extend its services from Denmark in response to increasing demand, it said in a statement.

The new services will be introduced from summer 2023.

The number of services on existing routes will also be increased from next summer, it said.

Overall capacity in terms of seats on departures from Copenhagen Airport will increase by about 450,000 for the April-October 2023 season.

“The summer season we have just left behind us showed that demand for travel is quite high in the Nordic countries and we expect that trend to continue in 2023,” company director Magnus Maursund said in the statement.

The new destinations to which passengers will be able to fly from Denmark with Norwegian are Bologna, Palermo and Naples in Italy, Madrid and Tenerife in Spain, Bordeaux in France, Manchester in the UK, Porto in Portugal, Pula in Croatia and Vilnius in Lithuania.

A number of the routes were available with Norwegian prior to the Covid-19 pandemic but were cancelled as the air travel industry struggled with the effects of the outbreak.

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Crisis-stricken airline SAS records heavy losses

Troubled Scandinavian airline SAS, which has filed for bankruptcy in the United States, reported deeper losses in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.

Crisis-stricken airline SAS records heavy losses

Net losses amounted to more than 1.2 billion Swedish kronor ($117 million) in the August-October period, compared to a loss of 744 million kronor a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

“As with previous quarters in 2022, the currencies (foreign exchange) and jet-fuel price have brought strong headwinds for our business,” said SAS chief executive Anko van der Werff.

The airline, however, saw the “highest number” of passengers since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, with healthy demand in the summer, van der
Werff said.

The airline, which cut 5,000 jobs in 2020, is preparing for “substantial recruitments and rehirings” to meet the expected increase in demand next
summer, he added.

SAS filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the United States in July — a move allowing a company to restructure its debts under court

Van der Werff said the airline expected to complete the court-supervised process during the second half of 2023.

Earlier this year, The airline posted a net loss of 1.84 billion kronor ($170 million) for the May-July period, compared to a loss of 1.33 billion kronor a year earlier.

Earnings were “severely affected” by the 15-day pilot strike between July 4th-19th, which led to the cancellation of some 4,000 flights affecting more than 380,000 passengers, the company said in a statement.