Keen appetite for travel in February
More than 1.6 million passengers passed through Copenhagen Airport in February. The two winter-holiday weeks were particularly busy, as many people from Denmark and southern Sweden had decided to go on holiday by plane. Soon it will be spring and summer, and several new routes will be on offer out of Copenhagen Airport.
February is holiday time for many, and 1,643,010 passengers passed through the terminals at CPH during the final official month of winter. This is 60 per cent up on last year, when many countries still had travel restrictions due to the pandemic.
The two winter-holiday weeks were the busiest, and the busiest day of the month was 26 February, when 72,000 passengers travelled to and out of Copenhagen Airport.
“It’s great to see that the appetite for travelling is as strong as ever. Many people have used the winter break to get away to warmer climes to soak up the sunshine, visit a big city or to go skiing. It has become popular to fly to skiing destinations, and many skiing tourists are drawn to the slopes of southern Europe,” says Peter Krogsgaard, Chief Commercial Officer of Copenhagen Airports A/S.
London seems to have clinched the position as the most popular destination out of Copenhagen, but warmer destinations such as Málaga and Istanbul also feature in February’s top ten, along with Milan, which is a popular destination for skiing holidays in the Dolomites.
162 direct routes out of Copenhagen
Spring has very nearly sprung, and the airlines’ summer schedules will soon begin. Between now and October, Copenhagen Airport will offer flights to a total of 162 airports – or 42 more than in the winter season, which is about to end. It is also nine more than in the summer of 2022, when there were 153 direct routes out of Copenhagen, so this year there are even more opportunities to travel the world for holiday or business.
“We’re very much looking forward to spring and summer; we’re ready to welcome the many passengers and make sure they get a good start to their holidays. The year has got off to a good start – not least in terms of rebuilding the long-haul intercontinental routes, which have been lagging behind the traffic to Europe,” says Krogsgaard.
In February, Copenhagen Airport celebrated the first SAS flight to JFK Airport in New York by offering five weekly flights, and this summer, the service will be extended to daily flights to JFK, while SAS will also continue its daily services between Copenhagen and Newark Airport near New York.
On 1 March, Air India returned to Copenhagen and started flying to Delhi three times a week, and in May, we will welcome Ethiopian Airlines, which will open its direct service to the capital of Addis Ababa. A third new airline coming to Copenhagen is the Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea, which will launch flights to the French cities of Nantes and Marseille as part of its summer schedule.
Even more routes have already been announced by various airlines, and the expectation is that the overall number of passengers will rise from 22.1 million in 2022 to in excess of 25 million this year.