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Ryanair to return to Copenhagen?

A representative of the low-cost carrier meets Danish unions ahead of setting up a possible base.

Several years after the budget carrier Ryanair and Denmark clashed in a battle over unions, the Irish airline has signalled its willingness to return.

In 2015, the airline suddenly shut down its base in the Danish capital over union pressure.

Late last week, however, its head of personnel, Eddie Wilson, was in town to discuss options with the aviation personnel union Flyvebranchens Personale Union (FPU) for a possible return.

“Copenhagen Airport is one of the biggest airports in Europe that Ryanair doesn’t have a base in, so we want to set up a base here,” Wilson told the Danish broadcaster DR Nyheder.

“Obviously, discussions with the Danish unions would pave the way for a decision about how quickly we can open a base in Copenhagen.”

Changing times
Now that Ryanair for the first time in its history is embracing the idea of working with unions, having been forced to change its procedures due to a lack of pilots, it has found itself negotiating with unions.

The airline recently reached agreement with the British Airline Pilots Association union. The process has been a big policy shift since the times when CEO Michael O’Leary once joked he’d rather cut off his own hands than sign a deal with a union.

For the time being, Ryanair aircraft departing from Copenhagen are based far away in Kaunas, Lithuania, which means that the first flights of the day to CPH are from Kaunas. The aircraft then have to return to Kaunas as the evening’s final flight.

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