Lufthansa stepping up operations in Denmark

“The time is right,” Lufthansa contend

The airports in Copenhagen and Billund can look forward to some additional travel activity to and from Germany in the near future as German airline Lufthansa has decided to increase flight numbers to Denmark.

The move means that Copenhagen Airport will enjoy five departures to Germany on a daily basis instead of four, while the flights to Billund Airport will be on larger-capacity airplanes than are currently on offer.

“The time is right now. We have listened to the market thanks to our biggest customers and we can see an increased demand,” Morten Balk, Lufthansa’s country manager in Denmark, told Børsen newspaper. “We wanted to do it earlier, but we haven’t had the right planes to utilise. But we do now.”

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Balk said that Lufthansa will primarily be targeting high-quality business clients, but maintained that the airline will be able to compete with its low-budget competitors.

Jacob Pedersen, an analyst from Sydbank, believes that the German airline didn’t have any choice but to step up its efforts on the Scandinavian market, particularly after Air France-KLM announced last year that it would aggressively pursue the Danish market.

“They need to try. They can see that KLM is having success flying from Billund to Amsterdam and on from there, so if they see the Nordic area as an interesting market, they need to stand and be counted,” Pedersen said.

Initially, the additional flights to Germany from Copenhagen and Billund will be going to Frankfurt, but Balk hoped to add services to Munich in the future.