With Qatar Airways, Gulf Air and Egyptair, it boosts Middle East connectivity
The latest airline to launch flights to Copenhagen, Emirates, which recently launched daily flights to Dubai using A330-200 aircraft, will help to push passenger numbers at CPH past the 22-million mark for the first time this year. Emirates joins Gulf Air, Egyptair and a daily Doha service by Qatar Airways in rapidly improving connectivity between Scandinavia’s busiest airport and Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
SAS led the carriers at CPH this summer with around 38% of scheduled seat capacity, followed by Norwegian with almost 13%, the domestic oriented Cimber Sterling with a 9% market share, then the UK airlines easyJet and British Airways. Germany and the UK are Copenhagen’s leading non-Scandinavian markets. Out of 50 countries served non-stop from CPH, the US market is the 11th biggest country market by seat capacity. However, there are no direct services to India.
New services scheduled for launch for the second half of 2011 include SAS to Palma de Mallorca (from September 3), Air France to Marseille (October 2), Norwegian to Trondheim and Blue1 to Tampere (both October 30).
[pictured: Emirates’ first flight arrives at CPH]