CHP the new gateway to the world for the Dutch

The Nordica airline is to open a route from the dynamic Dutch university city of Groningen to Copenhagen with a frequency of 11 flights a week. With the new route, business and leisure travellers from northern Netherlands will be able to access destinations around the world via CPH instead of having to travel all the way to Amsterdam.          

Travelling from northern Netherlands to Amsterdam’s international Schiphol Airport in can take several hours. The Dutch now have an alternative gateway to the world: Copenhagen Airport.

“Starting on 19 September, Nordica will operate two daily return flights from Groningen Airport to the international hub in Copenhagen, where they will have fast and easy connections for their onward journey with SAS or one of the other Star Alliance airlines. The new route connects northern Netherlands with airports around the world. This is good news both for the business community and for tourism,” said CEO of Groningen airport Marco van de Kreeke.

Peter Krogsgaard, Chief Commercial Officer of Copenhagen Airport looks forward to welcoming Nordica’s 49-seater Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft.

A stronger hub
“The more passengers that travel via CPH to destinations around the world, the stronger our hub becomes. The small so-called feeder routes from Scandinavia, the Baltics, Poland, northern Germany, and now northern Netherlands are a big part of the reason why we in Denmark are able to offer 32 long-haul, non-stop intercontinental routes out of Copenhagen Airport,” said Peter Krogsgaard.

Nordica is a state-owned airline established in September 2015 following the bankruptcy of Estonia’s national airline, Estonia. The airline so far has 16 routes, primarily from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

Nordica operates its flights under the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) of Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways and is as such part of the Star Alliance, which includes SAS, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.


  • The history of Groningen dates all the way back to the year 200, when the first settlements were established. The city’s golden age was in the 15th century, when it became a powerful and affluent commercial centre.
  • The University of Groningen was founded in 1614. Today, the city boasts two universities with 53,000 students. Many foreign students, including from Denmark, choose to study in Groningen for a semester or two.
  • The old part of the city was ravaged by fierce battles during World War II. In April 1945, notably the area around the Grote Markt market square was destroyed. Parts of the area have been rebuilt, however, and the city today presents itself as a fine blend of old and new.
  • The most famous modern-day son of the city is the football star Arjen Robben.