Direct flight between Denmark and India to return in 2023

Indian airline Air India is to reintroduce its direct connection to Copenhagen from Delhi. The route will be available again from 2023.

Direct flight between Denmark and India to return in 2023
An Air India aircraft. The airline will resume a direct service connecting Delhi and Copenhagen in 2023. File photo: Jennifer Gauthier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The return of the Delhi-Copenhagen direct service, which was cancelled during the Covid-19 crisis, was confirmed in a Copenhagen Airport press statement on Tuesday.

The direct flight to India will improve Copenhagen Airport’s position as a competitor for air travel in northern Europe, the airport’s CEO Thomas Woldbye said.

“It will give lots of new opportunities to do business in Asia. Additionally, passengers from Copenhagen will be able to fly via Delhi to a large number of other destinations in India and the rest of Asia,” he said.

“A direct flight connection to India has been in demand in Denmark for many years, where the government, ministries, businesses and the airport worked intensively to secure the route. That was finally achieved in 2017,” he said.

Three departures per week will connect Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is located just outside the city of New Delhi, and Copenhagen Airport.

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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.