Posted on: 09 October 2017
With its ambition to connect East Jutland in Denmark with popular cities across Europe and further afield, Aarhus is working in partnership with SAS to focus on driving growth and passenger traffic at the airport.
SAS is investing hundreds of millions of Danish Krone in the airport and will provide East Jutlanders with new direct routes to Oslo, Stockholm, Munich, Mallorca and Split. The investment will enable 3,000 new departures, more than 300,000 new tickets for sale and around 200,000 new passengers at the airport.
Commenting on the airline’s investment in the airport, Lars Sandahl Sørensen, SAS’ executive vice president said:
We see big potential in the region. We are strengthening our domestic service with extra daily departures between Aarhus and Copenhagen, which creates better opportunities to use air travel to Copenhagen, where there is access to our global network. Furthermore, we are creating direct departures from Aarhus to holiday destinations and will continue to develop these. This is a big venture for SAS together with Aarhus Airport and it will create many new jobs in and around Aarhus.
In addition to the five new routes being created by SAS, the link between Aarhus and Malaga will become and all year-round route that means SAS now offers seven new destinations to and from Aarhus.
Strengthening the cohesion between east and west Denmark, SAS is expanding its busiest route – the domestic flight between Aarhus and Copenhagen – from eight to 10 daily departures in each direction.
The new co-operation agreement means that Aarhus Airport faces growth in the airport’s traffic of more than 50%, with the airport’s chairman, Torben Boldsen, saying that the co-operation with SAS among other things is part of an initiative to satisfy the demands from the airport’s business clients.
“A year and a half ago, we asked businesses in East Jutland what they wanted with regard to the airport’s traffic” said Boldsen.
“The answers all pointed to direct flights to Oslo and Stockholm as well as a more frequent service to Copenhagen. The common denominator for all three requests is SAS, which is the only airline that flies to all three destinations. That is why it is with great joy and pride that we now can present a substantial expansion of the airport’s traffic in exactly the areas that there is a demand for,” he continued.