Route of the week: Sun-Air’s Billund – Gdansk service
|Sun-Air has begun a thrice-weekly service between Billund and Gdansk. The schedule was agreed with big Danish corporates such as Arla Foods and Dovista A/S. The airline reports strong demand for services from western Denmark to Poland, where many Danish companies have subsidiaries. There is also the attraction of the Legoland theme park, of course.|
- Sun-Air, a British Airways franchise carrier based in Billund, has begun flying between Billund (BLL) and Gdansk (GDN). Flights will operate Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday using a Dornier 328.
According to Vice President of Sun-Air, Kristian Tvergaard, “Provisionally we will start with three return flights a week but more can be added when we see the demand. The new schedule has been agreed in co-operation with big Danish corporates such as Arla Foods and Dovista A/S both of them future customers on this service. We have chosen to launch this route as there is a great demand for direct flights from the western part of Denmark to Poland from many Danish companies with subsidiaries in Poland. In addition we hope Billund, home of the famous Legoland theme park, will attract Polish families to go on an extended weekend in Billund”.
Sun-Air operates a fleet of 18-seat Jetstream 32s and 32-seat Dornier 328 jets and turboprops. Other routes from Billund operated by the airline include Brussels, Helsinki and Manchester. Traffic at Billund, Denmark’s second busiest airport, has grown by 17.2% in the first seven months of 2008. In 2007 the airport handled 2.26 million passengers.
|Helena Regional Airport Authority: “We have 35% more seats this year than this time last year, so you can see why we are very happy to have the service we do.”|
- Alaska Airlines through its sister company Horizon Air has launched two new routes this week both of which are less than 300 kilometres long. Using Q400s the airline is now connecting Billings (BIL) with Helena (HLN) in Montana and also Sacramento (SMF) with San Jose (SJC) in California. The former route measures 277 kilometres and is served daily while the latter is just 150 kilometres and is served six times weekly.
Jeff Wadekamper, assistant airport director, Helena Regional Airport Authority, says he thinks the airport has been extremely fortunate this year: “We had United Express start twice-daily services on June 5 to Denver – previously we had no United services at all – and now we have this additional Horizon flight between Helena, Billings, and Seattle. Additionally, this summer SkyWest added another flight to Salt Lake City and the service also went from a 50-seat RJ to a 70-seat RJ on the morning originating flight. We have 35% more seats this year than this time last year, so you can see why we are very happy to have the service we do.”