Denim Air enters scheduled market with Eurohopper

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Dutch regional ad hoc charter carrier Denim Air will enter the scheduled market later this month by launching a German-based regional operation, to be known as EuroHopper.

The new carrier, wholly-owned by Denim Air, will launch twice-daily flights on 10 June on the domestic Augsburg-Dusseldorf route. It will increase this to thrice-weekly from 23 June using a Fokker 50 and later this year – probably after the peak summer holiday season in August – will look to add more routes from Augsburg.

EuroHopper chief commercial officer David Whitworth explains: “It is initially a one-aircraft operation. We will try to increase the fleet as aircraft become available and add other routes which will be based at Augsburg.”

He notes that the carrier, which will take on more Fokker 50s, is keen to add services to destinations such as Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg.

“Denim Air has been looking at a number of different airports from which to start scheduled services,” says Whitworth. Augsburg Airport has suffered a loss of capacity recently after Lufthansa regional partner Augsburg Airways dropped services as part of cuts by the Star Alliance carrier.

“We hope with our cost structure we could make it profitable,” Whitworth says of the routes.

Another German company – Air Omega UK, a sister company to freight operator Air Omega – has also outlined plans to operate new services from Augsburg using Fairchild Dornier 328JETs but is yet to start.

EuroHopper may look to widen its scheduled services in future to other markets beyond Germany, benefiting from the neutral brand of its name, although Whitworth says that this depends on the development of its Augsburg services.