No less than 2,255,487 passengers travelled to and out of CPH in June. This is the highest number of travellers since the pandemic hit. Almost eight out of ten passengers are now back. Sunday 19 June was the busiest day of the year so far at Copenhagen Airport with 86,922 passengers.
Greece was the absolute favourite among the charter destinations. As many as 41,070 travellers went on charter trips from CPH to Greece in June. This represents an increase of 16.6 per cent compared to 2019 when the corresponding figure was 35,224 travellers.
The rapid growth in intra-European travel has created quite a few challenges for some airlines and several European airports. During some periods this spring, staff shortages caused longer-than-expected waiting times at security at Copenhagen Airport. This issue has now been resolved and Copenhagen Airport is ready for a busy summer.
However, even though the appetite for travel has reached new heights, the current SAS strike will affect some travellers at Copenhagen Airport this summer. The strike broke out on 4 July and is affecting a number of passengers who should have been flying with SAS to and out of CPH.
“We’re sorry that many SAS passengers are inconvenienced by the strike. We obviously hope that the dispute will be settled before long. SAS is the largest airline at Copenhagen Airport, but may I stress that we’re fully operational despite the strike. The vast majority of travellers are departing as planned,” says Chief Commercial Officer Peter Krogsgaard of Copenhagen Airports A/S.
Almost 66,000 tonnes of goods were transported
Brussels Airport welcomed more than 1.7 million passengers in June, an increase of 168% compared to June 2021 and 72% of the number of passengers in 2019, before the Covid crisis. Brussels Airport continues its momentum as these are again the highest monthly figures since the crisis began in March 2020. On the cargo side, volumes are down on last year (-12%), but up 23% on 2019.
Passenger traffic: a 168% increase
In June, 1,733,933 passengers passed through Brussels Airport, an increase of 168% compared to June 2021, but also a decrease of 28% compared to June 2019, before the crisis. These are again the highest figures in absolute numbers since the beginning of the Covid crisis. However, passenger numbers could have been even higher if it hadn’t been for the industrial actions Brussels Airport was faced with in the week of 20 June. Several airlines also experienced occasional cancellations due to capacity problems at European airports.
The number of departing passengers is higher than the number of arriving passengers due to the start of the summer holidays, for some, during the last part of June. The share of departing transfer passengers is 14.5% and thus remains 3 percentage points lower than in 2019. This can be attributed to the stronger recovery of originating departures and a decrease in transfers within Europe in particular.
The top 10 most visited countries from Brussels Airport in June were Spain, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, USA, France, the UK and Morocco respectively. The top ten destinations in June were Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Rome, Milan, London, Istanbul, Vienna, Malaga and Frankfurt.
Cargo: total volumes down by 12%
In June, cargo traffic at Brussels Airport fell by 12% compared to June 2021. Air cargo volumes also fell by 12%. The full cargo segment recorded a fall of 15%, while cargo on board passenger flights increased by 22%, due to the increase in the number of passenger flights.
Integrator services declined by 19% due to the slowdown in the growth of the e-commerce market in Western Europe and the temporary reallocation of some flights to other airports. In addition, trucked cargo volumes were also down by 15%.
As in previous months, Asia is the largest import and export region. Africa is the second largest import region and the third largest export region, showing year-on-year growth in segments. North America is the third largest import region and the second largest export region.
The total number of movements in June 2022 increased by 69% compared to 2021, reaching 16,111 flight movements (compared to 20,895 in 2019). The number of passenger flights increased by 105% compared to 2021 and accounted for 69% of the passenger flight movements in June 2019. The average occupancy rate per flight was 139 passengers, compared to 133 in 2019. Passenger load factors therefore continue to increase, as does the deployment of larger aircraft.
On the cargo side, the number of cargo flights has decreased by 9% compared to 2021.
Customers flying out of Birmingham Airport are to benefit from a simpler, speedier security screening process from June 2024.
This investment in the Next Generation Security system will achieve compliance with new Government standards as well as enabling greater numbers of customers to be processed more quickly at peak times.
In its Master Plan published in 2018, Birmingham Airport outlined its aspiration to grow customer volumes from 13m a year (pre-pandemic) to around 18m by 2033. Its new security hall supports this expansion, which in turn will help drive economic growth in the West Midlands region.
Nick Barton, chief executive of Birmingham Airport, said: “This investment paves the way for a better customer experience and economic growth in the West Midlands. For these reasons, I’m excited about our Next Generation Security system.”
Birmingham Airport submitted its planning application for this scheme to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council earlier this week.
Delivering the new system will also enable better use of existing space including an enlarged departures area and additional retail and seating for customers to enjoy.