After almost three years of the corona closure, direct flights from Copenhagen to the most populous country on earth will again be available three times a week from March 2023. The reopening of the Delhi-CPH route will benefit the Danish economy and tourism – and strengthen Copenhagen Airport as a northern European transport hub.
When Air India’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner lands at Copenhagen Airport on March 1, 2023 at 5:50 p.m. from Delhi, it will mark the restart of a successful direct service and a strengthening of trade and tourism between Denmark and India.
“The Delhi-CPH route will strengthen our position as Northern Europe’s most important transport hub and offer many new opportunities for business and leisure travel in Asia. In addition, travelers can fly to a variety of destinations in India and the rest of Asia from Copenhagen via Delhi.‘ says Managing Director Thomas Woldbye.
As a member of Star Alliance, Air India has the opportunity to use Star Alliance’s large transfer network in Copenhagen and send Indian travelers from Delhi to Europe via Copenhagen Airport.
“A direct flight connection to India has been a great desire in Denmark for years, where government, ministries, authorities, companies and the airport have been working hard to land the route between Delhi and CPH. In 2017 it finally succeeded‘ says Thomas Woldbye.
Already in 2019 there were 89,000 travelers and 8 out of 10 seats were sold. The route was suspended in March 2020 when the pandemic broke out. After a hiatus of almost three years, Air India is ready to restart.
“This is really good news for Denmark and southern Sweden‘ emphasizes Thomas Woldbye.
Great prospects for Danish business life
At Dansk Erhverv, managing director Brian Mikkelsen sees great opportunities for Danish business in the growing market.
“With the reopening of the route, we are restoring direct access to a huge market for Denmark. It also underlines the importance of having CPH as a well-functioning and efficient hub airport that can attract large airlines with direct connections to large markets – thus creating international accessibility for the benefit of the Danish economy and Danish tourismsays Brian Mikkelsen.
In 2021 Denmark exported 19.3 billion DKK and imported 13.3 billion DKK. According to data from Dansk Industri, Danish companies have increased their investment in India six-fold in the last 15 years, and India is now the country where Danish companies employ the second largest workforce.
Good news for tourism
In India, there is a growing desire to travel abroad. Before the Corona hit, the number of Indian tourists abroad had doubled in a few years.
At Wonderful Copenhagen, Managing Director Mikkel Aarø-Hansen recognizes the close, long-term collaboration to bring Air India to Denmark – and now to resume the route to Corona. It will also mean more Indian tourists and business people in Denmark.
“Direct connections connecting Denmark’s capital with growth centers and hubs outside the world are of enormous societal importance. Both in terms of attracting talent, investment and international tourists here. And vice versa for export and exit opportunities for the Danes,” says Mikkel Aarø-Hansen.
The great strategic importance has also led to the “Greater Copenhagen Connected” route development program managed by WOCO providing financial support to Indian travelers and companies in marketing the capital.
- Air India flies Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 19:45 from Copenhagen to Delhi with an arrival at 07:40. There is a 13:30 departure from Delhi and a 17:45 arrival in CPH.
- The route is flown with the 256-seater Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, 18 of which are business class seats
- Due to the closed airspace over Russia and Ukraine, the flight time is 8-9 hours.
- In decimal terms, India is the most populous country in the world with almost 1.4 billion inhabitants
- With 26.5 million inhabitants, Delhi in north-eastern India is the capital and the largest metropolitan area in the country.
- Danish tourists visit Delhi with its many monuments and markets, Agra with the famous monument Taj Mahal and the beautiful beaches of Goa and Kerala.