Shuttle flights available from Danish carrier

 - October 25, 2006, 6:39 AM

Danish regional airline Cimber Air is preparing to establish corporate shuttle services to connect companies on the Danish mainland with their satellite production operations in the Ukraine. Firms are being invited to buy blocks of between 20 and 100 one-way flights for the services, which will initially run only on Mondays and Fridays.

The carrier will operate the services using one of its 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s, connecting the central Danish city of Billund with Lviv in the west of Ukraine. Numerous Danish textile firms have established low-cost production facilities in the Ukraine and need a cost-effective way of traveling to and from these sites. The direct flight takes just over two hours; connecting scheduled services via a hub such as Frankfurt would take at least six.

The proposed Monday morning service would depart Billund at 11:50 a.m. and arrive in Lviv at 2:55 p.m. local time. The Friday service would depart Lviv at 3:35 p.m. and arrive back in Billund at 4:40 p.m.

Cimber Air has not committed to the price of the pre-paid flights because this depends on how many companies sign up. If 20 firms commit to a block of 40 one-way flights, each sector would be priced at around $438. This rate would fall significantly if firms bought larger blocks of 60 or 100 flights. The airline will launch the service if it can sell at least 2,400 seats.