Copenhagen Airport has reported a busy January, principally attributing it to growth on long-haul routes.
While, the airport states, January is usually a slower month of the year for air travel, Copenhagen Airport has experienced high air travel demand with close to 1.9 million travellers traveling a significant part of whom flew long-haul intercontinental routes.
The number of total passengers was up by more than 200,000 to a total of 1,877,044 passengers, which represents 13.4% year-on-year passenger growth for 2016 v 2015.
“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,” said Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airports A/S.
Domestic European traffic rose by 13.8% year-on year overall and passenger numbers on flights destined for London increased by 25%.
Also driving domestic European traffic growth, the airport reports, 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.
A chart breaking down the make up and destinations of January passenger traffic at Copenhagen Airport follows.