Copenhagen Airport (IATA: CPH) says January, usually a somewhat slow month, was significantly busier than normal. Close to 1.9 million travellers passed through the airport, with the long-haul services accounting for much of the increase.
The Airport reported 1,877,044 passengers used the airport in January, up by more than 200,000 over that of last year. This means 2016 has begun with a 13.4% year-on-year passenger growth. Particularly the long-haul, intercontinental routes attracted more passengers.
Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airports A/S commented: “Our intercontinental traffic rose more than 15% compared with January 2015. The increase was explained by new routes as well as more frequencies and larger aircraft on a number of routes. For example, Qatar Airways doubled the number of frequencies while Emirates upgraded its daily flight to Airbus A380. Moreover, Norwegian launched new routes to Las Vegas and the Caribbean. We now have 32 intercontinental routes, and more will be added during 2016, including new SAS routes to Miami and Boston.”
European traffic rose 13.8% year-on year, London standing out with an impressive 25% increase. Another contributor to the European traffic growth was an increase in passengers travelling to Denmark: “We have seen several new airlines add routes to Copenhagen, and this has made more Europeans aware of Denmark and Copenhagen as a destination. A large proportion of the new passengers are leisure and business travellers visiting Denmark. This generates growth and jobs, particularly in the tourist industry, not just in Copenhagen, but all over Denmark,” said Mr Woldbye.