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Nordic Seaplanes aircraft (photo: Thomas Hyrup Christensen / Visit Copenhagen)

Aarhus-Copenhagen seaplane under threat

The popular seaplane link between the two Danish cities could be extinguished just three years after it started.

The airline Nordic Seaplanes, which was founded in 2015 and operates a speedy connection between the ports of Aarhus and Copenhagen, may be forced to close, Ritzau and The Local report.

The company’s authorisation to fly the route is approved on a temporary basis and will expire in March, and an application to renew it has been rejected.

“If we are not allowed to fly, we risk insolvency,” warns the company’s director Lasse Rungholm. “It’s a shame because we have enthusiastic support, we make a profit and we’ve created 20 jobs.”

If the issue is not resolved soon, the employees could face redundancy in the very near future as flights do not operate in winter.

“This is a bad situation because some people will find other jobs, while others will keep faith in us getting the permit. But nobody wants to leave because they can see the business is doing well,” Rungholm tells the newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Noise level
The application to renew permission to keep flying was submitted last year but was rejected by Copenhagen’s municipality.

Anne-Sofie Degn, deputy director of the city’s urban technical department, wrote that the application lacked “complete information”.

The airline had applied for an increase in landings to 15 per day and for the accepted noise level to rise, but the municipality has received complaints from the Langelinie Pavilion, close to Nordic Seaplanes’ landing area, about the noise.

Nordic Seaplanes has lodged an appeal with Denmark’s Ministry of Environment.

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