No services at Danish airport as staff protest

No departing or arriving flights will operate at Bornholm Airport on Monday after ongoing staff protests were not resolved.

No services at Danish airport as staff protest
An information board showing cancelled services at Bornholm airport on August 27th. Photo: Scanpix

Services will not take place at the airport, located on Denmark’s Baltic Sea island Bornholm, after an attempt to operate with limited staff failed, airline DAT confirmed to Danish news wire Ritzau.

The airline was the only company that had services planned from Bornholm on Monday.

Security and baggage staff began a walkout on Friday after wage negotiations with airport management broke down.

On Sunday, some flights remained scheduled as a reduced number of staff were expected to report and enable the airport to run at reduced capacity.

DAT told Ritzau it had been informed that those staff members were threatened to an extent that they reversed plans to work on Monday.

A representative speaking on behalf of the striking workers denied in comments to local newspaper Bornholms Tidende that threats or harassment had taken place against staff who had planned to work on Monday.

Cancelled services on Monday include five flights from Bornholm to Copenhagen and on to Billund. Seven arrivals from Copenhagen and three from Billund are likewise cancelled.

The Danish Civil Aviation and Railway Authority (Trafikstyrelsen) earlier stated that staff who did not report on Monday would face action at the country’s Arbejdsretten court for industrial disputes. Strikes not sanctioned by trade unions – also known as wildcat strikes – are normally referred to the court under Danish labour rules.

The transport authority did not comment further on this to Ritzau on Monday.

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Denmark talks up flight tax to make air travel greener 

The Danish government hopes to introduce a 13 kroner tax on flight tickets to finance zero-emissions domestic flights.

Denmark talks up flight tax to make air travel greener 

The proposed tax, which would be introduced from 2025, would generate 200-230 million kroner annually, giving a total of 1.9 billion kroner over a nine-year period.

The revenue would be put towards prime minister Mette Frederiksen’s goal of all-green domestic flights in Denmark by 2030. 

“Air travel is – you have to be honest, when looking at climate change – a sector that pollutes too much,” climate and energy minister Dan Jørgensen said at a briefing held at Copenhagen Airport.

“But it is also a sector that is needed. Aircraft open the world for us,” he said.

Denmark plans to open its first green domestic flight in 2025, with all domestic flights becoming zero-emissions by 2030.

The Nordic country is, however, lagging behind neighbours Norway, Sweden, and Germany, who have already imposed green aviation taxes at a higher level than that proposed by the government. Other European countries have taken similar steps.

The proposal defines green flights as being 100 percent fuelled by sustainable energy sources and without fossil fuels.

Green domestic flights in Denmark would have a limited impact on the country’s carbon footprint.

While international flights comprise around 2-3 percent of Denmark’s overall CO2 emissions, domestic flights only make up a few percent of Denmark’s emissions from aviation.

The 13-krone tax, which could be adjusted in 2024 and 2029 in accordance with price changes, will be spent on green conversion, tax minister Jeppe Bruus said at the briefing.

“This is not a case of this tax helping put more money in state coffers but a contribution towards converting to green energy which we need on our air transport,” he said.

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