Editorial: Flights to Denmark Airport and community thrilled by new service

“Goddag!”

“Hej!”

Those are two ways to say hello in Danish and they may come in handy this December once a twice-weekly jet service takes off linking Southwest Florida International Airport with Denmark.

The non-stop commercial service between the Naples-Fort Myers and Aalborg, Denmark, is currently being tested. Aalborg, located on the Jutland peninsula in a popular tourist region, is Denmark’s fourth-largest city.

Four summer flights were scheduled to gauge interest. All were sellouts.

Monarch Airlines, based in Great Britain, will supply the 358-seat A330 charter jets once the service kicks in this winter. Plans call for two roundtrip flights a week running from Dec. 19 to March 2.

Southwest Florida International officials — as well as the Southwest Florida business community — are thrilled.

Carol Obermeier, director of aviation market development at Southwest International, predicts that the flights will have a huge economic impact on the area.

The four trial flights this summer will pump an estimated $1 million into the regional economy. That’s based on the estimate that each visitor will spend approximately $117 a day before returning home.

The 10-hour, non-stop flights will be the only regularly scheduled direct flights between Florida and Denmark this winter.

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