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Norwegian to open Copenhagen base following Sterling collaspe

29th October 2008 - 20:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Scandinavian low-fare airline, is to establish a new base at Copenhagen's Kastrup airport.

The company which already has bases at Oslo-Gardermoen and Stockholm's Arlanda airport is set to jump into the gap left behind by the collapse of Sterling Airways earlier today.

Two aircraft will be based at Copenhagen from the 6th of November, and fly 6 routes. Starting with Copenhagen to Aalborg, Stockholm, Oslo, Alicante, Malaga and Nice. Flights on 7 more routes, Copenhagen to London, Amsterdam, Rome, Krakow, Prague, Barcelona and Pisa will be open for sale shortly after. The base will be expanded and will be served by eight to 10 Boeing 737-800 by May 2009.

Bjorn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian said: "We are very sorry for the bankruptcy of Sterling, and have deep regrets for the situation of Sterling’s customers and employees. Sterling has been the source of low-cost tickets out of Copenhagen for years, which is a legacy we want to continue.

"From now on, Norwegian will be the airline to visit for good quality low cost airline tickets out of Denmark," he added.

Sterling, filed for bankruptcy earlier today after its shareholder, Iceland-based Northern Travel Holdings announced it could no longer sustain the losses being incurred. The failure comes just six months after the company re-launched itself with new aircraft interiors, and a connection programme for flights through Copenhagen.

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