Strong airline growth
Most of the airlines at Copenhagen Airport recorded growth in their passenger numbers last year. More than half of the 20 largest airlines reported double-digit growth rates. This growth triggers a cash bonus from Copenhagen Airport to the airlines.
Twelve out of the 20 largest airlines at Copenhagen Airport last year recorded growth rates of more than 10% on flights into and out of Copenhagen. This appears from Copenhagen Airport’s Top 20 list of airline market shares and passenger growth rates in 2006.
SAS retained its position as the largest airline
SAS is clearly the largest airline at Copenhagen Airport. Almost 50% of the 20.9 million passengers who travelled through Copenhagen Airport in 2006 flew SAS, whilst Sterling came in second with a market share of almost 10%. The 20 largest airlines carried a combined 86% of Copenhagen Airport’s passengers last year.
Norwegian and Air Baltic peaked
The peak performer in terms of passenger growth was Norwegian with a growth rate of 76%, which brought the airline up from last year’s position as number 20 to a ranking as the 14th largest airline at Copenhagen Airport. Air Baltic came in second with almost 68% growth, which secured the airline a position as number 10. Among the Danish airlines, Cimber Air showed a strong 40% growth in passenger numbers and achieved a position as the third largest airline at Copenhagen Airport.
Large airlines reported growth
Several of the large airlines in international terms also enjoyed growth in passenger numbers on their flights to Copenhagen last year. KLM recorded 14% growth and moved up three positions on the Top 20 list to a become the 5th largest airline at Copenhagen Airport. With a growth rate of 22%, Air France also moved up three positions and became the 7th largest airline.
Two new airlines on the list
Two airlines were new on the Top 20 list: Swiss International with 51% growth, which earned the airline a position as number 19 on the list, whilst SN Brussels became number 20 with a growth rate of 28%.
Copenhagen Airport pays bonus to the airlines
The total passenger number at Copenhagen Airport rose by 4.4% in 2006, triggering a cash bonus to the airlines that used the airport last year. The scheme of paying a cash bonus to airlines for growth is part of the current charges agreement and was introduced to promote traffic growth at Copenhagen Airport.