Aarhus Airport in Denmark is about to go through its biggest transformation in recent times, following the signing of an agreement with SAS regarding the establishment of a large number of international routes to European cities. The cooperation will expand the traffic at the airport by more than 50 percent.
Lars Sandahl Sørensen, Executive Vice President of SAS, commented after the agreement had been signed: “We have acted on the consumers wishes as well as Aarhus and Eastern Jutland’s vision to expand and invest independently. We see it as our responsibility to strengthen the logistical link between East and West Denmark, and to make the world more available for Jutland. Also, Aarhus is increasingly attractive for many foreign companies, not least with regards to the tourist industry, and we therefore believe, the city has great potential”.
The sentiment was echoed by Mayor of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard: “The city’s companies need proper infrastructure both nationally and internationally, so this is not just good news for Aarhus Airport, but for the entire city.”
In Aarhus Airport, the excitement about the new collaboration was obvious. “Business in and around Aarhus require frequent departures to Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo and to meet these demands SAS is an extremely, strong player. We are facing an increase of airport traffic in excess of 50 percent, and the new agreement therefore has great significance not only for Aarhus Airport but also the business industry and habitants of Eastern Jutland,” stated Aarhus Airport board member, Torben Boldsen.
The new routes serviced by SAS from Aarhus will be announced in October.