- The Washington Times - Monday, July 24, 2006

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Air Greenland, the Arctic island’s main airline, will start a route to Baltimore, its first to the United States, it said yesterday.

The airline, owned by the Greenland government — which is semiautonomous from Denmark — will start flying once a week beginning in May 2007 to the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport 30 miles north of Washington.

A Boeing 757 will fly the route during the May-September season, said Per Karlsmose, sales manager with Air Greenland.

It will take off from the Arctic island’s international airport in Kangerlussuaq, a former U.S. Air Force base on Greenland’s west coast.

“Baltimore, with its hinterland including New York, Washington and Philadelphia, is very attractive to us,” Mr. Karlsmose said.

“We also know that Americans seek peaceful places with no terror threat, and Greenland is the spot for that.”

So far, the main gateway to Greenland has been through the Danish capital, Copenhagen, as well as through Iceland during the summer months.

Some 30,000 tourists visit the island every year, 90 percent of them coming from Denmark and others mostly from elsewhere in Europe.

Greenland, 836,000 square miles, most of it covered with ice, and populated mostly by aboriginal Inuit, is home to 56,000 people.

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