Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is introducing five flights a week from Humberside to the Danish capital with timings aimed at business travellers and also those connecting onto onward flights within Scandinavia and Northern Europe.
The new year-round service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays with weekday flights departing from Humberside at 7.15pm, arriving in Copenhagen at 9.50pm local time. Weekday flights from Copenhagen take off at 6.10pm local time, arriving in Humberside at 6.45pm.
Sunday services depart from Humberside at 2.55pm and leave Copenhagen at 1.50pm local time.
A 50-seater CRJ200 regional jet aircraft will operate the service. Fares start from £103 one way, including taxes and charges.
Paul Litten, Humberside Airport’s commercial director, said: “Our new convenient service to Copenhagen is the only non-stop service to Scandinavia from the Humber, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire region, which will save business travellers and leisure passengers valuable time.
“This latest development from Humberside demonstrates both our commitment along with SAS’s to support the business community with a valuable air link that enhances the region’s transport connections and helps businesses to further grow and prosper.
“With over 2 million people within an hour’s drive of the airport, the Humberside – Copenhagen service will benefit tourists and leisure travellers heading to the Scandinavian and Baltic countries and also visiting our region.”
Hans Dyhrfort, SAS’s regional general manager Western Europe, commented: “This is a major milestone for SAS, as we will start providing the only non-stop, direct service to Scandinavia from the Humber, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire region. With the area on its way to becoming the renewable energy capital of the UK, the Humber region is an important northern hub and area of development for SAS.
“We are pleased to offer both leisure and business passengers the choice and flexibility to fly direct from Humberside to Copenhagen or onwards to many other destinations in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.”
The airport also offers year-round scheduled services from Humberside to Amsterdam with KLM and Aberdeen with Eastern Airways.
It’s over a year since the ownership of Humberside Airport changed hands from Manchester Airports Group to the Eastern Group, which also owns Humberside-based Eastern Airways.
The airport is already the UK’s second busiest airport-based heliport and home to the three major offshore helicopter companies, Bristow, CHC and Bond that provide services to the Southern North Sea gas platforms. From November 2013, CHC will base an additional helicopter at Humberside to support Centrica Energy’s offshore activities. Bristow Helicopters has also won the contract to supply the UK’s helicopter search and rescue service from 2015 and will be open a new facility at Humberside to support this operation from the region.