Blue1 launches Scandinavian routes from Finland

Blue1’s Copenhagen base and consequent new routes to Vaasa and Oulu were celebrated with this smiling aircraft cake. At the Vaasa route launch were the Danish Minister of Trade and Investments Pia Olsen Dyhr; Blue1’s VP Communications Tom Christides; Kaj Ericsson, Honorary Consul of Denmark in Vaasa; Lars Bernhard, CEO Wonderful Copenhagen; and Copenhagen Airports’ VP Market and Sales Carsten Norland.

The Swedish and Finnish flags are united by Blue1 on this cake welcoming Blue1’s new service to Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport, baked by students at the local bakery college Optima in Jakobstad (Pietarsaari in Finnish). The new route to the Swedish capital operates 12 times weekly.

  • Blue1, SAS’ Finnish subsidiary, continued expanding in the Scandinavian market in line with its most recent strategy, which involves feeding its parent’s hubs. On 25 March, the Star Alliance member launched five new routes; two of which are from the airline’s new, foreign base in Copenhagen (CPH). From the Danish capital, the airline now flies daily with 717s to Vaasa (VAA) in western Finland. The airline also flies to Oulu (OUL) in northwestern Finland from both Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) five times weekly and Copenhagen four times a week; both also with 717 aircraft. These are the only international scheduled non-stop routes at Oulu, which Blue1 also serves from the country capital Helsinki. Stefan Wentjärvi, Blue1’s CEO, commented: “Today, passengers travelling from Finnish provincial airports to international destinations must change flights at Helsinki, which offers only half as many European and intercontinental destinations as Copenhagen. By flying via Copenhagen, Finnish travellers will have much more flight connections to choose from.” Blue1 also connected two regional western Finnish airports with the Swedish capital, using 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft operated by Golden Air. Flights to Stockholm Arlanda from Kokkola (KOK) operate 12 times weekly, while Pori (POR) gets 11 weekly flights.

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