New national measures to delay spread of Covid-19 means we have to temporarily suspend the Copenhagen-Oslo route.
Following the introduction of new national measures intended to delay the spread of Covid-19 virus, DFDS suspends sailings on the Copenhagen-Oslo route temporarily.
“We had hoped to be able to continue with the changes we had introduced to meet the Danish government’s measures, but now the Norwegian government has introduced measures which means that passengers will have to quarantine for 14 days upon entry into Norway if they have been outside the Nordic countries in the period after 27 February. We fully understand the precautions that have important health and social goals. In order to live up to our responsibilities to support the measures, we see no alternatives to suspend sailings until 1 April as a minimum,” says Kasper Moos, VP, Short Routes & Passenger.
The last departure from Copenhagen will be Saturday 14 March, whilst the last departure from Oslo will be Sunday 15 March.
“We have to continue for a few days to ensure that the guests who have been on a ski holiday to Norway or city holiday to Denmark get reasonable time to get home or change their travel plans,” he says.
Affected employees will be informed as soon as possible
Anne-Christine Ahrenkiel, Chief People Officer, says: “Unfortunately, with this temporary route suspension, we will not be able to avoid that it impacts our colleagues on board. We are very sorry about this. Our skilled and dedicated staff have worked hard to ensure that the route has been able to continue until now, and that our guests have been able to enjoy a good travel experience, even under the very difficult conditions they have worked under in the past weeks and months.”
“We have to inform about the route closure now so that our customers have the opportunity to change their travel plans. Unfortunately, this means that we have not yet had the opportunity to evaluate what this exactly means for each individual employee. We are now in contact with the relevant trade unions and staff representatives to find the best possible solutions to the difficult situation, and we will of course inform the affected employees as soon as we are able,” she says.
Customers are being informed
DFDS is now working hard to contact the customers who have booked a trip during the period to inform about the route suspension.
March 13, 2020