Spain and Greece were the favourite destinations for the 2017 autumn holiday season, and more passengers took direct flights.
During the busy travel days of the holiday, a total of 778,312 passengers took direct flights to their destinations, an increase of 2%. The number of transfer passengers fell by 13% to 191.783.
“The numbers for this year's autumn holiday travel reflect a trend we’ve seen all through 2017: more passengers flying out of Copenhagen are taking direct flights to their destinations, while the number of transfer passengers is falling,” said Copenhagen Airport CEO Thomas Woldbye.
The 1.2% increase in the number of locally departing passengers in October was not enough to offset the 12.7% decline in the number of transfer passengers stopping over at Copenhagen en route to their final destination. SAS is responsible for 82% of transfer passenger traffic at Copenhagen Airport.
This brings the total passenger count at Copenhagen Airport in October to 2,614,672, or 2% fewer than last year’s busy tenth month.
Many new routes
The new winter programme gives travellers from CPH six new direct seasonal routes as well as several new year-round routes to choose from.
“The winter season has new routes to the sun, to the snow and to culture: the beaches of Tenerife, Fuerteventura or Agadir; the skiing destination of Tromsø in Norway or Östersund in Sweden; or perhaps Kiev or New Delhi for a cultural experience. And starting in May of next year, we’ll have direct service from Copenhagen to Hong Kong, so there’s a lot to look forward to,” said Mr Woldbye.
Low-cost travel driving passenger growth
Overall passenger growth for 2017 to date is 1.2%. The top-three carriers in terms of passenger growth in 2017 are Norwegian at 22%, Ryanair at 9% and Primera Air at 7%.
London remains the absolute top destination. Spain’s growing popularity has made Màlaga a regular top-ten destination.
In fact, the sunny city is this year’s fastest growing top-ten destination out of Copenhagen, with a 13.2% rise in passenger numbers. During the first ten months of 2017, a total of 499,063 passengers flew from CPH to Màlaga.