First direct flight Copenhagen-Boston
The American and Danish flags hung side by side at gate C26, and emphasised the mutual enthusiasm for the new route among Danes and Americans.
“It is quite incredible what kind of development has taken place since I came to Denmark two and a half years ago,” said the American ambassador Rufus Gifford. “Back then there were only 4 direct routes between Scandinavia and the US – soon there will be 11”.
The route between Copenhagen and Boston is the 9th non-stop route from Scandinavia to the United States.
“The new direct route is great, because you now no longer have to face long changeovers in Heathrow, Amsterdam or Frankfurt. My only criticism is that it should have opened already two and a half years ago,” Gifford quips.
Rufus Gifford is not the only person to be excited about the direct connection. More than 300,000 Danes travel to the US each year, and Boston is an attractive destination as the centre of the country’s technological and medical industry, the location of some of the world’s best universities and a cornerstone of American history..
“Now I’m of course biased,” says Gifford, who himself is from Boston, “but Boston is a fantastic place, that has so much to offer. The beaches, the nature, the city, the history, the world’s best schools… all I can say is: come and see for yourself!”
Text: Lise Hannibal
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Published: March 30, 2016