A total of 22,725,517 passengers travelled through Copenhagen Airport in 2011, which represents a 5.7% year-on-year increase. From 2009 to 2011 the number of passengers has gone up by 15.3%. The number of international passengers grew 6.7% in 2011, passing the 20 million mark for the first time.
"Almost 90% of our traffic is international, while many of our Nordic competitors have around 40-50% domestic traffic, and the more than 20 million international passengers underline our position as one of the key traffic hubs of northern Europe. The improvement was achieved through growth in both European and intercontinental traffic," said Carsten Nørland, VP, Sales and Marketing for Copenhagen Airport, and he continued:
"Competition among European airports is intense, but we are working to generate continuing growth. The decision by Finnish-based Blue1 to use Copenhagen Airport as a hub beginning in March of this year and the coming SAS and Air China routes to Shanghai and Beijing respectively are all particularly promising.”
In December, Copenhagen Airport recorded almost 1.6 million travellers, which was a monthly record. Moreover, the number of transfer passengers increased for the second consecutive month, while domestic traffic continued to fall, which was due to capacity adjustments and fewer frequencies to a number of domestic destinations. London confirmed its position as the most popular destination out of Copenhagen, ahead of Stockholm and Oslo.