Copenhagen still gaining services as airlines take up Sterling slack

Image: Copenhagen Airport
Copenhagen to Gatwick: Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer Daniel Skjeldam gets a handshake welcome from Andy Flower, Managing Director London Gatwick, just one of a lucky 13 new services beginning at Copenhagen this week split between Norwegian and Cimber Sterling.

The battle to fill the capacity shortfall as a result of Sterling’s collapse last year goes on. This week 13 new services began at Copenhagen airport split between Cimber Sterling and Norwegian. On nine destinations the airlines were adding capacity to routes that were already being served. The full summary of the new routes and the incumbents is shown below.

Destination Carriers (weekly frequencies) – New entrants in bold
Alicante Cimber Sterling (2), Norwegian (3), SAS (3), Transavia (3)
Athens Cimber Sterling (2), SAS (7)
Barcelona Cimber Sterling (3), SAS (7), Spanair (14), Transavia (4)
Budapest Malev (19), Norwegian (3),
Edinburgh bmi (10), Cimber Sterling (3), Norwegian (2)
Florence Cimber Sterling (4)
Krakow Norwegian (2)
London Gatwick Cimber Sterling (11), easyJet (12), Norwegian (12)
Naples Cimber Sterling (3)
Palma de Mallorca Air Berlin (6), Norwegian (2), Spanair (2)
Rome Fiumicino Cimber Sterling (7), SAS (11), Transavia (4)
Venice Cimber Sterling (3), SAS (4)
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 30 March 2009

On Alicante and Barcelona passengers now have a choice of four airlines while on four other routes the number of competitors has increased to three. It seems unlikely that this time next year there will be quite so many carriers on most of these routes.

Malaga route has five competitors

Looking at other routes from Copenhagen this summer reveals that there are several destinations served by at least three airlines in direct competition.

Number of competitors Route
5 Malaga
4 Alicante, Barcelona, Nice
3 Aalborg, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Helsinki, London Gatwick, Madrid, Oslo, Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Reykjavik, Rome FCO, Warsaw
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 30 March 2009

Danes wishing to head for Malaga have a choice of five airlines; Cimber Sterling (three flights per week), Norwegian (five flights per week), SAS (four flights per week), Spanair (three flights per week) and (five flights per week). With this amount of low-cost competition on many routes it comes as no surprise that SAS (definitely not a low-cost carrier) is struggling.


  1. Richard says:

    To make the full summery complete: has also 3 frequencies to Naples and 2 frequencies to Palma de Mallorca starting this April and 2 frequencies to Athens starting in May.

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