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Record summer season at Copenhagen Airport


Record summer season at Copenhagen Airport

2.8 million travellers passed through Copenhagen Airport in June on one of the 293 routes operated out of the airport to destinations around the world this summer. This sets the scene for a summer of intense travel activity. Spain is the most popular holiday destination, while Greece is the preferred destination for charter tourists. 

The summer holiday season is off to a great start at Copenhagen Airport. 2.8 million passengers passed through the terminals in the first month of the summer season, a year-on-year increase of 12 per cent. The travel boost seems set to continue for the rest of the summer. We have already registered 16 days with more than 100,000 passengers at the airport – whereas this only happened a total of three days last year.

“Summer is our absolute peak season and, every day, the entire airport is teaming with life and happy travellers. A lot of these are holidaymakers from Denmark and southern Sweden, of course, but many tourists are also flying in to the airport to visit Copenhagen and the rest of Denmark,” says Peter Krogsgaard, Chief Commercial Officer of Copenhagen Airports A/S.

293 summer routes out of Copenhagen
Copenhagen Airport offers many opportunities to see the world. This summer, there are as many as 293 routes from Copenhagen to 163 different destinations. 34 new routes have opened so far this year, and several airlines have increased the number of frequencies on existing routes.

“This is a good and busy summer season for Copenhagen Airport, and we are very pleased that both airlines and passengers are choosing Copenhagen. This demonstrates that we are an attractive and efficient airport with a strong route network, whether you are travelling to European destinations or further afield”, says Krogsgaard.

Over the summer, 29 long-haul routes are available out of Copenhagen. In June alone, two new routes opened between Copenhagen and the United States. American Airlines, one of the world’s largest airlines, is now operating a route with a daily service from Copenhagen Airport to Philadelphia, and SAS has opened its new daily service to Atlanta.

Spain the summer favourite
Spain tops the list of the most popular sun destinations. More than 220,000 passengers travelled to and from Spain in June – and of the 12 Spanish destinations from Copenhagen, the most popular are Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca.

“Spain is a top destination that many Danes and southern Swedes keep returning to time and again. Compared with last year alone, the number of passengers has grown by 14 per cent – but part of this is because more Spanish tourists have become aware of Scandinavia and are travelling to Denmark for their holiday.

Greece is the charter tourists’ preferred country, and the islands of Crete and Rhodes are the favourite destinations. The total number of passengers on charter and scheduled flights between Copenhagen and one of the many Greek destinations is up by 20 per cent on last year. Crete is the absolute top Greek destination, as this is where 32 per cent of all tourists visiting Greece choose to go.