Denmark is ranking higher on the list of attractive travel destinations for many people. In the first quarter of 2016, 27.2% more tourists travelled to Denmark via Copenhagen Airport compared with the same period of last year. The growing number of tourists helps drive the growth in passenger numbers at Copenhagen Airport, which was 10.8% higher in May of this year than in the same month of last year.
– When more tourists visit Denmark, it helps generate growth and create jobs in tourism throughout the country. An important explanation of the high growth is accessibility. Denmark is very well connected to Europe and the rest of the world. In the past year, accessibility has increased substantially, especially because new routes have been opened to Copenhagen Airport and, not least, due to the many more flights out of Copenhagen. More flights out of Copenhagen and several airlines operating on the same route make it easier for tourists to find a flight that fits their plans, explains Copenhagen Airport’s CEO Thomas Woldbye.
Most of the tourists are from other European countries, and European traffic grew by 207,052 passengers compared with the same month of 2015, but intercontinental traffic is also growing rapidly, and was 12.2% above last year’s level.
– The Danes like to travel long distances for their holidays, and the more than 30 non-stop intercontinental routes out of Copenhagen provide a good starting point for accommodating them. But it also means that more tourists and business travellers from far away have easy access to Denmark. As an example, both Norwegian and SAS opened non-stop services to Boston in north-eastern United States this spring, opening a brand new market and giving even more Americans better possibilities of travelling to Denmark. That is one of the reasons why we apply so many resources to attract new routes to Copenhagen Airport, said Woldbye.
The year-to-date growth in traffic at Copenhagen Airport is 11.5%, and a total of 10,947,321 passengers travelled through Copenhagen Airport in the first five months of 2016.