01/13/2020 04:00 PM

LAX welcome the return of Scandinavian Airlines's nonstop flights to CPH.
Jan. 13, 2020

Olga Gallardo



LAX becomes one of only two airports on the West Coast to provide nonstop service to Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital and the most bike-friendly city in the world

(Second from left to right) Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tem and Chair of the Trade, Commerce & Tourism Committee Joe Buscaino;  Los Angeles World Airports Interim Chief Executive Officer, Justin Erbacci; Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) General Manager for the Americas, Max Knagge; Honorary Consul of Denmark in Los Angeles Torben Aaskov; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Director of International Trade & Investment, Christine Peterson; Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board Patti MacJe nnett, and two SAS pilots celebrate the return of nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Copenhagen Airport today.

(Los Angeles, CA) City and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials today welcomed the return of Scandinavian Airlines’ (SAS) nonstop service to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Copenhagen Airport (CPH), the airline’s largest Scandinavian hub. The airline is offering flights six times a week, and will increase that frequency to daily service beginning March 31. This new nonstop route makes LAX one of only two West Coast airports providing nonstop flights to and from Copenhagen.

"Los Angeles welcomes the world, and we are thrilled to welcome direct flights from and to a nation often considered as home to the happiest people on the planet. Velkommen til Los Angeles Scandinavian Airlines!" said Joe Buscaino, President Pro Tem and Chair of the Trade, Commerce & Tourism Committee, Los Angeles City Council.

"With travel between Los Angeles and Copenhagen growing by an average of 10 percent annually over the last five years, it's a great time for Scandinavian Airlines to relaunch nonstop flights from LAX to Copenhagen," said Justin Erbacci, Interim Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “This service will stimulate new opportunities for international travelers to visit L.A. and for Angelenos to experience the exceptional beauty, art, food, culture and vibrancy of Denmark’s capital city and other destinations in Scandinavia and Northern Europe."

“This new route stemmed from an increase in demand in the North American market and allows us to open a year-round route to Copenhagen from Los Angeles,” says Max Knagge, General Manager for Americas, SAS. “Copenhagen is a vibrant destination to explore, and the Copenhagen Airport is a well-connected hub, making Scandinavia even more accessible to the U.S. West Coast market.”


Copenhagen is the top market in Denmark for passenger demand to/from Los Angeles. Last year, about 148,000 passengers traveled between LAX and CPH. SAS last offered nonstop service between LAX and CPH in 1994. 


SAS’ service between Los Angeles and Copenhagen will be operated using a combination of Airbus A330 and A340 aircrafts. Beginning in early June, SAS will also use an Airbus A350 for this service. SAS’ A350 is configured to carry 300 passengers, including 40 business-class seats and 32 SAS Plus seats.

Flight times are expected to be 11 hours and 10 minutes to Copenhagen Airport, and 11 hours and 40 minutes on the return flight to LAX. Flights are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as follows (all times local):

  • Depart LAX at 2 p.m., arrive CPH at 10:10 a.m.
  • Depart CPH at 9:35 p.m., arrive at LAX at 12:15 p.m.

This new route also will maximize connections to major cities in Scandinavia, including Oslo and Stockholm. For more information, or to book a flight, please visit or call 800-221-2350 for more details.

Today's gate celebration wrapped up with a ribbon cutting, which took place prior to passengers boarding the first flight from LAX to CPH. Picture credit: Branimir Kvartuc.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second-busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.   

LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues. 


LAX was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named  a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.


LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.   

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