Air traffic from Finland to CPH is increasing

The air bridge between Finland and Copenhagen Airport is a success for the airport, Denmark, and the 400,000 Finnish Blue1 and SAS passengers, who have been through Copenhagen Airport in 2012 to date. This figure is an increase of 24 per cent compared to 2011.

On 26 March, SAS-owned Blue1 airline opened a route between Vaasa and Copenhagen, which is the first of more routes to give Finnish business people and tourists in Finnish provincial towns the opportunity to travel the world via Copenhagen that offers twice as many flight destinations than Helsinki.

In 2012 almost 100,000 Finnish passengers have seized the opportunity, totalling to just above 400,000 Finnish Blue1 and SAS passengers passing through Copenhagen Airport to date, which is a 24 per cent increase.

The Government: An airway for growth
Six months ago, the Danish Trade and Investment Minister Pia Olsen Dyhr (SF) joined the opening of the Blue1 route and called it "a direct airway to growth and jobs".

About 130,000 of the Finnish tourists and business travellers are expected to stay and visit Denmark. This generates an annual turnover of DKK 330 million and creates more than 400 new jobs in Denmark, according to Visit Denmark’s calculations.

"New routes like Blue1’s do not only create growth and jobs in the airport and in the tourism industry. Denmark also becomes more attractive for Finnish investors, because good flight connections are crucial when foreign companies are considering investing in a new office in Denmark or Sweden," emphasises Pia Olsen.

A stronger Danish hub
So far Blue1 are flying from Vaasa, Oulu, Tampere and Lappeenranta. Of the almost 100,000 new Finnish passengers to date, more than 50 per cent transfer and travel onwards, especially with SAS flights to Europe and the rest of the world.

"More transfer passengers like the ones Blue1 brings is a significant strengthening of Copenhagen's position as Northern Europe's most important transport hub," says Sales & Marketing Director at Copenhagen Airports Carsten Nørland.

In Vaasa Airport, CEO Mikko Komi is also very pleased with the new global connections via Copenhagen: "The number of passengers is growing, so people have welcomed the new good connections," says Mikko Komi.