Greenland Express (Aalborg) last operated a passenger flight on September 18, 2014 with Fokker 100s leased from Denim Air. The company had been in negotiations with BH Air to operate an Airbus A320 this summer. As the season in Greenland now starts to close, the virtual airline has now issued this statement:
Dear Greenland Express Air traveler
It is with the deepest regret we have to announce that all flights between Greenland and Denmark have been cancelled for the remainder of 2015. Unfortunately, this means that we are not able to provide the transport service, you have bought from us.
All paid amounts for bought tickets are refunded as soon as possible, and directly from the credit card companies or banks, which was originally used to process your payment.
Greenland Express Air is working to provide sustainable solutions to the challenges, which, at present, prevent us from executing our schedule this year. As soon as these challenges has been overcome, we shall provide a more detailed explanation to our customers.
Greenland Express Air deeply regret the inconvenience the cancellations causes our passengers.
Greenland Express Air
Top Image: Greenland Express. The carrier had also been planning to operate domestic flights with 19-seat Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft.
Greenland Express (Aalborg) has been officially authorized to operate domestic flights in Greenland. The virtual airline issued this statement:
Decades old monopoly on scheduled domestic flights in Greenland has finally come to an end.
Greenland Express has been waiting since last summer for authorization to start domestic flights between as many as seven Greenlandic towns, including the capital Nuuk.
The Government of Greenland decided at its meeting on April 7, 2015, to award Greenland Express with an official authorization to carry out scheduled domestic flights in Greenland, as well as giving a positive answer to the Civil Aviation authority in regards to Greenland Express being able to operate scheduled domestic passengers flights between different destinations within Greenland.
“We are obviously very pleased at the positive outcome” says director and founder of Greenland Express, Gert Brask. He continues: “With the authorization to fly domestically, we are able to transport passengers from Billund and Copenhagen right through to their final destinations in Greenland, and likewise transporting the Greenlandic people from their homeland on to the two main airports in Denmark, and at prices that opens up a whole new possibility for people travelling between Greenland and Denmark “.
Greenland Express anticipates that the domestic flights in Greenland, may commence no later than the end of August 2015. The company is currently working on route planning to seven Greenlandic towns: Nuuk, Upernavik, Ilulissat, Aasiaat, Sisimiut, Manitsoq, Paamiut as well as helicopter flights to cities in southern Greenland.
Meanwhile, the company is close to completing the purchase/lease of new aircraft as well as an helicopter, to serve the Greenlandic market with domestic flights.
“We expect to announce the details of both route networks and frequency along with the aircraft and helicopter types we will be using on our domestic routes in early June” said Gert Brask.
Images: Greenland Express. The company is still considering adding Airbus A320 for its routes to Europe.
Greenland Express (Aalborg) is planning to resume operations on May 11, 2015, this time using a leased 168-seat Airbus A320-200 from an unnamed carrier. The A320 will operate from Billund to Kangerlussuaq and Narsarsuaq in Greenland via Copenhagen (Kastrup). The flights will operate until late October.
Last time the virtual airline depended on Denim Air Fokker 100s. The company suspended flight operations on September 18, 2014.
Greenland Express (Keflavik and Aalborg) has suspended operations according to this report by check-in.dk. The flights were being operated with a Fokker 100 operated by Denim Air (above) twice-weekly. The flights from Denmark were making a technical stop in Keflavik, Iceland which was adding to the costs incurred by the company. According to the report, the company intends to restart operations with new investors and will look at possibly using an Airbus A320 for nonstop flights to Greenland. Greenland Express will lease the aircraft directly from the leasing company.
Greenland Express has had to deal with two cancelled flights and other operational issues recently with operator Denim Air (Amsterdam) according to Nordjyske.dk. According to the report, the airline has issued refunds for the cancelled flights.
Greenland Express CEO Gert Brask also stated to the Danish website that a new investor will have to be found in the future. He will determine the time when new capital is needed.
Greenland Express Air is a Greenlandic/Danish virtual airline, established in the beginning of 2013.
Greenland Express Air chose Dutch flight operator Denim Air to operate the flights. Greenland Express Air uses a Denim Air 100-seat Fokker 100 aircraft (above) on flights between Denmark and Greenland.