Start-up carrier Great Dane Airlines has launched a twice-weekly service between Aalborg and Edinburgh – its first UK route.

Operating on Mondays and Thursdays, the service is flown by the carrier’s 118-seat ERJ-195 aircraft and Great Dane Airlines says it is the only route between the UK and Aalborg outside of London.

The airline joins incumbent carriers Easyjet, Norwegian, Ryanair and SAS in serving Denmark from Edinburgh, with its new flights adding to the existing routes from the airport to Copenhagen and Billund.

Founder and CEO Thomas Hugo Moller said: “[The] first flight to Edinburgh marks another step towards achieving our mission of bringing increased connectivity to Northern Jutland. The Danes have always loved travelling to the UK for its history, sport and culture, which made the Scottish capital an obvious choice along with Dublin and Nice for our first scheduled services. Edinburgh also fits into our strategy of flying to popular destinations from Aalborg, which have in the past been too thin to support profitable narrow-body operations.”

Jonathan Rayner, aviation director at Edinburgh airport, commented: “We’re adding another destination and another airline to our list and as an airport that seeks to grow through choice, we are happy to bring Aalborg and Great Dane Airlines onboard.”

Aalborg airport CEO Soren Svendsen added: “From Aalborg airport’s point of view, Great Dane Airlines has located an unfulfilled market potential for both leisure and business traffic – in terms of a medium aircraft capacity, which matches the demand for a direct route to Edinburgh.”

Alongside its scheduled flights, the airline will also operate a charter service from its base at Aalborg airport.

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