Dressed as a Viking, Ryanair’s CEO announces Copenhagen Airport base | Airlines


Low-cost Irish carrier group Ryanair has announced that it will reopen its base at Copenhagen Airport (CPH), with its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) wearing a themed outfit for the occasion.

Dressed in a Denmark-themed t-shirt plus a Viking helmet, Michael O’Leary, the CEO of Ryanair Group, announced that Ryanair will place two aircraft at CPH from the winter 2023 season onwards.

“We already operate 20 routes from Copenhagen Airport but they are all on aircraft that are based elsewhere,” O’Leary said in a video shared on X, adding that the pair of Boeing 737s will fly out from CPH starting early December 2023.

According to Ryanair’s release, the resurrected base will create 100 direct pilot, cabin crew and engineering jobs in the Danish capital, where the airline is already the third largest in terms of its market size on flights from/to CPH.

The Irish low-cost carrier also has a two-aircraft base at Billund Airport (BLL), Denmark, known for its close proximity to Legoland.

O’Leary pointed out that the base “represents a further $200m investment by Ryanair in the recovery of air traffic and tourism in Copenhagen” which is lagging behind its pre-pandemic levels. “Ryanair believes this is because of the high airport fees and the high fares being charged by NAS and SAS, which hampers recovery of Danish traffic and tourism,” the Irish executive said.

He noted: “Ryanair looks froward to continued growth and investment in Denmark as soon as the Danish Regulator makes a decision to lower airport fees at Copenhagen Airport,” adding that lower fees would be passed…

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