Why public transport in Denmark could become even more expensive

Fare prices were this week raised for public transport across Denmark, but the price hikes might not be done yet according to a report.

Why public transport in Denmark could become even more expensive
Public transport operators in Denmark are reported to want a second fare increase this year. File photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

Monday saw ticket prices for buses, trains, Metro and light rail services across Denmark go up by an average of 4.9 percent. The exact increase depends on how far you are travelling, the mode of transport and location.

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The price hikes might not be the last public transport passengers see this year, according to a report by broadcaster DR.

Companies which operate Denmark’s various public transport services are usually only permitted to raise prices once every year, but the hope to be given extraordinary permission for a second adjustment according to the report.

“We have now increased prices by 4.9 percent and that is based on some old inflation figures,” Steen Vindum, the chairperson of the national confederation for public transport companies, Trafikselskaberne, told DR.

Specifically, the traffic companies are looking for an additional 10 percent increase in fares from May or June onwards.

“Inflation in Denmark this year [2022, ed.] has been around 10 percent, and we wouldn’t be able to introduce that increase until 2024 under normal circumstances. That’s why we’ve applied to introduce it somewhat earlier,” Vindum said.

“We simply need to cover our increasing costs for fuel in general. If we don’t do that, the consequence is that there might be fewer bus departures in future,” he also said.

“The consequence could unfortunately also be that some people think public transport is getting too expensive and choose not to use it, and that’s why this is a difficult question. We are very aware that prices shouldn’t go up too much,” he said.

Transport minister Thomas Danielsen told DR that he expected the public to generally understand a 4.9 percent increase in fares given an inflation level of 10 percent.

He did not commit with regard to additional increases.

“When inflation is almost 10 percent, an increase of 4.9 percent isn’t very much,” he said.

“I will have to have a discussion with transport companies and their owners in relation to what they envisage before I say yes or no to one thing or another,” he said.

“Increasing prices do not promote the use of public transport, but everything in our society is increasing in price. So nothing is getting cheaper at the moment because of high inflation,” he said.

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Danish domestic flight to reopen after airport gets state backing

A domestic flight connecting Copenhagen with the tiny Midtjyllands Airport is set to resume services around four months after it was cancelled.

Danish domestic flight to reopen after airport gets state backing

The flight from Midtjyllands, formerly Karup, Airport to Copenhagen will resume from April 17th, Copenhagen Airport said in a statement.

Four daily departures, operated by the Danish Air Transport (DAT) airline, will connect the two airports from Monday to Thursday, while there will be afternoon departures only on Fridays.

DAT also operated the route until its prior closure in December 2022. The majority of passengers who used the service were commuters, and its closure meant that most of the airport’s staff faced the loss of their jobs.

Its return comes after the government agreed a two-year deal providing state support to the tune of 4.2 million kroner per year to the airport.

“We supported reinstating the route to Midtjyllands Airport, which is an important airport that helps connect Denmark,” Copenhagen Airport commercial director Peter Krogsgaard said in the statement.

“It is therefore also pleasing that the government has chosen to support the airport financially,” he said.

The smaller airport is important for local towns, Copenhagen Airport said in the press statement, noting that 2019 saw 111,000 use the flight between the two Danish airports.

Local media TV Midtvest recently reported that 22,000 passengers took the flight in 2021, citing Statistics Denmark figures.

In December, DAT said the route was no longer economically viable due to low passenger numbers and high fuel prices.

“During the period in which it has been closed, many have realised how important the airport is, so it’s good news that planes can go to the airport again,” transport minister Thomas Danielsen told TV Midtvest on Thursday.

Midtjyllands Airport is co-owned by nine municipalities in central and western Jutland: Herning, Holstebro, Ikast-Brande, Lemvig, Ringkøbing-Skjern, Silkeborg, Skive, Struer and Viborg.

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