Busy autumn at CPH with 2.3 million travellers in October
Many of us took the chance to extend our summer with a trip during the schools’ autumn break. More than 750,000 passengers passed through Copenhagen Airport during the popular week at the middle of the month and a few days either side. US travellers are also staging a comeback in the terminals.
This October at Copenhagen Airport became one of the busiest months of the year with 2,264,263 passengers, and Sunday 16 October was the busiest day with 88,757 travellers.
“We’ve had a great October with many happy holidaymakers in the terminals. To get days in October with almost 90,000 travellers says a lot about the continuing huge appetite for travel, and many people took the chance to extend their summer, travelling to sunnier climes or soaking up the unique atmosphere of one of Europe’s major cities,” says Peter Krogsgaard, Chief Commercial Officer of Copenhagen Airports A/S.
The passenger figures for October represent a very significant increase of almost 700,000 passengers compared to the same month last year, when 1.6 million travellers passed through the terminals.
The most popular destinations are London, Oslo and Stockholm, but the Spanish sun and city destinations, such as Málaga and Barcelona, are enjoying the greatest increase in passengers.
More US travellers
You hear many more American voices at the terminals than you have for a long time. Routes to and from the United States are now doing so well that the number of passengers in October reached around 90,000 – which is not far off the figure for October 2019 before the pandemic struck.
Despite a quiet start to the year, some 660,000 passengers have travelled on routes to and from the United States so far in 2022.
“The United States is one of our most important long-haul destinations, so it’s great news that we’re getting back on track. The long-haul routes are of great importance to Copenhagen Airport’s position as one of the most important traffic hubs in northern Europe,” explains Krogsgaard.
Overall, the long-haul intercontinental routes out of Europe are up – from 75,000 travellers in October 2021 to 216,000 travellers in October this year.
New routes out of CPH
Winter is traditionally the quietest season in the skies. However, exciting new routes and travel opportunities are still being added to the programme. For example, SAS is reopening its routes to Miami, Prague and Tromsø, while increasing the number of flights to the popular destination of Gran Canaria.
In the past month alone, it was announced that Air Canada, which already flies between Copenhagen and Toronto, will open a route to Montreal; the Spanish low-cost airline Volotea will launch routes to Marseille and Nantes; the Polish carrier LOT will add the Polish city of Radom to its schedule, while easyJet will begin flying between Copenhagen and Nice.
“It’s crucial for Copenhagen Airport that we constantly develop our route network, and thus Denmark’s connections with the rest of the world. It’s therefore gratifying that so many different airlines see the potential in CPH and choose to open new routes out of Copenhagen,” concludes Krogsgaard.
With the passenger figures for October, 18,690,771 passengers have passed through Copenhagen Airport in 2022 to date. The expectation is that CPH will have served around 22 million passengers by the end of the year.