Ryanair cuts 28 Danish routes in January 2022 as Covid-19 reduces travel

Ryanair is to considerably reduce its services out of Danish airports during much of January.

A Ryanair aircraft leaving Copenhagen in early 2020. The airline is to temporarily suspend some of its Danish services in January 2022.
A Ryanair aircraft leaving Copenhagen in early 2020. The airline is to temporarily suspend some of its Danish services in January 2022. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The low-cost airline will pause 28 of its 59 Danish routes in January. The suspensions will apply for three weeks from January 10th.

Flights out of Copenhagen, Billund, Aalborg and Aarhus airports will all be affected.

19 of Billund’s 27 Ryanair services are to be suspended for the period (more detail of these is given below). Services from Aalborg to London Stansted, Kaunas and Stockholm are also cancelled. Flights from Aarhus to Gdansk, Milan Malpensa, Riga and Warsaw Modlin will likewise not operate.

Copenhagen Airport loses just two routes, with the services to Bonn-Cologne and Liverpool removed from Ryanair’s schedule during the affected period.

Aviation media Check-In was first to report the reduced flight schedules. Ryanair did not immediately respond to a request from The Local on December 30th for details of the suspended services and background for the decision.  

However, Check-In writes that the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and new travel restrictions are behind Ryanair’s decision to reduce services.

The airline’s capacity will be reduced by 33 percent in January 2022, according to the report.

A search conducted by The Local on Ryanair’s website shows flights from Billund to Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw, Krakow, Gothenburg Landvetter, Manchester, Edinburgh, Memmingen, Milan Bergamo, Bologna, Venice Treviso, Tallinn, Malta, Vienna, Vilnius, Seville, Brussels Charleroi, Sibiu and Dublin as available in the first week of January but not from January 10th to the end of the month.

Flights from Billund to London Stansted, Rome Fiumicino, Barcelona, Malaga, Alicante, Lisbon, Prague and Budapest are still available throughout January on the Ryanair website at the time of writing.

READ ALSO: Hundreds of journeys delayed by new Swedish and Danish Covid-19 testing rules

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SAS strike affected 380,000 passengers in July

More than 3,700 flights where cancelled and 380,000 passengers where affected by the 15-day strike which hit Scandinavia's SAS airline last month, the company has revealed.

SAS strike affected 380,000 passengers in July

“We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected by the July strike,” Anko van der Werff, the company’s chief executive, said in a press release. “We are happy operations returned to normality again allowing us to start regaining our customers’ trust.”

According to the release, 1.3 million passengers travelled with the airline in July, which was still a 23 percent increase on the same month last year, when Covid-19 restrictions were still reducing tourism levels.

“In comparison with last month, the total number of passengers decreased with 32 percent and capacity was decreased by 23 percent, which was a result from the 15-day pilot strike,” the release read. 

Pilot unions in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, went on strike for 15 days last month over pay, conditions, and the company’s refusal to rehire pilots laid off during the Covid-19 pandemic on the same terms as before. 

The strike, which cost the airline between €9m and €12m a day, was ended on July 19th, after which it took several days to get flights back to normal

Van der Werff said company said it would now continue putting in place its restructuring plan, SAS FORWARD, and push ahead with restructuring in the US, where the company has filed for Chapter 11. 

He said these would both “accelerate the transformation process that will lead to a financially stable airline, that will be able to deliver the service our customers are expecting”.