One of the new short-haul routes is to a lesser-known corner of France, the other enters London from a new perspective.
Two routes have been announced for Copenhagen next spring, one of them to a lesser-known corner of France, the other one approaching London from a new angle.
The Danish hub is among the first 14 destinations chosen by Ryanair for its new base at London Southend Airport, making it possible now to fly from CPH to five London airports.
Ryanair presented the routes on Wednesday, spotlighting the recently renewed airport, which is located about 60 kilometres east of London. Initially, it will place three aircraft at the base, which is also a target for low-cost rival easyJet.
Southend-Copenhagen starts on April 2 and will be operated three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Besides Copenhagen, Southend becomes available to travellers to and from Alicante, Bilbao, Brest, Cluj, Corfu, Dublin, Faro, Kosice, Malaga, Milan, Palma, Reus and Venice.
These are part of what Ryanair calls its “biggest ever” London summer schedules, with 23 new routes to make a total of over 180, which it says will deliver 26 million customers a year through four London airports – Stansted, Luton, Southend and Gatwick – of course excluding Heathrow.
This means that every fifth Ryanair passenger is on a plane to or from London.
It will base two more planes at Luton to make six while also launching routes from there to Alicante, Athens, Barcelona, Bologna, Cork and Malaga, and in addition announces three more routes from Stansted, namely Kiev, Lviv and Nantes.
With the new route to Southend, Ryanair will fly from Copenhagen to three London airports, also including Stansted (21 weekly departures next summer) and Luton (six times a week). So the carrier will offer 31 London frequencies per week in each direction in total, equivalent to a capacity of 11,718 seats.
Flying to France
Meanwhile, the French wing of Air France-KLM low-cost subsidiary Transavia debuts at Copenhagen this spring with a new route to the city of Nantes, starting on April 7.
The route is Transavia France’s debut at CPH, and this will be the first connection between Scandinavia and Nantes, located in western France.
Transavia France is a sister company of the Dutch airline Transavia, which has flown between Copenhagen and Eindhoven since 2013, while in 2016-17 it also flew between Copenhagen and Munich.
The route will be aired every Thursday and Sunday, especially tailored to long weekends, and will be flown with a Boeing 737-800 with seating for 189 passengers.