Ryanair keen to serve Copenhagen

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Ryanair looks likely to add Copenhagen Kastrup airport to its network, after the airlines deputy chief executive Michael Cawley said he would be “very surprised if we did not do any business there” in the future.

Cawley says the Irish budget carrier intends to avail of commercial opportunities it has identified at the city airport, but adds that the priority now is to expand at Athens, Brussels, Lisbon and Thessaloniki.

“It’s an interesting airport, they have a very empty low-cost facility there, which they built for low-cost carriers some five or six years ago, and Norwegian – which is the incumbent low-cost carrier in the region – is not using it, because they want the transfer traffic. For that reason, they are using the higher-cost facilities elsewhere,” Cawley told Flightglobal at a Ryanair briefing in London today.

“So the facilities are there. We think the markets and the airports we have chosen are more attractive given the low-cost deals we have done at the moment, but Copenhagen remains a city which we are interested in and we speak to the airport often.”

The Ryanair executive, who is to depart the airline in March, adds: “We have excellent commercial experience there [in Denmark] and the Danes like to travel, so I would be very surprised if we did not do any business there – but it’s not imminent at the moment.”

In November 2013, Ryanair applied for slots – 16 in total – at Copenhagen Kastrup, the third time it has done so since 2010, although it has not operated any flights to the facility so far.

At present, the nearest airport Ryanair operates to are Billund in Denmark and Malmo in Sweden.