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Copenhagen Airport Grows As International Hub

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In November, there was a remarkable increase in passenger numbers at Copenhagen Airport, with two million people passing through its terminals. This represents a substantial 12% growth rate compared to the previous year.

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Passenger at Copenhagen Airport. Image: Copenhagen Airport

Furthermore, the airport experienced a significant improvement in the number of transfer passengers, which grew by 40% over the past twelve months. These developments further solidify Copenhagen Airport’s position as the largest hub in northern Europe.

Copenhagen Airport Hub: a Stopover Destination

The airport’s popularity as a stopover destination for travelers heading to various global destinations has consistently grown. It served 350,000 transfer passengers in November alone, surpassing last year’s figures by 60,000.

Most transfer passengers at Copenhagen Airport arrive from airports in neighboring countries such as Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. This strategic approach enhances efficiency and reduces airlines’ environmental impact. By consolidating passengers from regional flights, airlines can efficiently fill long-haul flights to destinations like Chicago and minimize their carbon footprint.

“We are very pleased with the increase in the number of transfer passengers. We are not yet on par with pre-Covid traffic volumes, but with eight out of ten transfer passengers back, we are on the right track. That strengthens our position as a key traffic hub, and it shows that we are an attractive airport with a comprehensive route network,” says Peter Krogsgaard, Chief Commercial Officer of Copenhagen Airports A/S.
During the first eleven months of 2023, the number of transfer passengers passing through Copenhagen Airport increased by 40%. Over 4.4 million transfer journeys have been made to and from the airport this year, with most passengers flying with SAS.

North American Destinations Fuel Growth at Copenhagen Airport

Notably, North American destinations have played a significant role in this growth, with Copenhagen offering nine routes to eight cities in the USA and Canada for the winter season.

“The routes to the USA and Canada are performing extremely well. In fact, we have now more routes than we did in 2019, and we are seeing many passengers from Sweden and Norway using Copenhagen as the starting point for their journey to the USA. The same goes for traffic coming the other way. A growing number of Americans are traveling to Denmark, and for many of them, Copenhagen is the starting point of their onward journey in Europe,” says Krogsgaard.  

Copenhagen Airport Passenger Traffic Table – November

Busy days ahead of the Christmas holidays

December is a bustling time for individuals getting ready for Christmas. Once again this year, London remains a top choice, offering a remarkable number of flights with up to 21 daily departures to the British capital. This provides ample options for travelers to select from.

“London is the most popular destination out of Copenhagen all year round, but this is especially true in December when many people take a weekend break or a few days in December to soak up that special London atmosphere,” says Krogsgaard.  

During December and January, Copenhagen Airport experiences a lull in activity, making it a quieter time of the year. However, it’s important to note that the airport does get busy in the days leading up to the holidays.

“We expect that the busiest day of the Christmas season will be Friday, 22 December, when some 80,000 passengers will be flying into or out of Copenhagen. And we anticipate quite the opposite on 24 and 25 December, which will be the quietest days with only around 35,000 passengers passing through the airport,” Krogsgaard explains.

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