Passengers at Copenhagen Airport will be getting more space in Terminal 2 and at security. Builders recently started putting up the first walls to screen off the sites and prepare for the two new projects.
Moreover, the work to expand Pier C, which handles the big intercontinental aircraft, is well under way. That project, worth DKK 250 million, will be ready with new lounges and three gates with passenger bridges by the end of 2015.
"The three building projects are in line with our "Expanding CPH" strategy of a phased expansion of the airport in the course of the next two to three decades, enabling us to handle 40 million passengers per year,” said Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airports.
Given the 7.1% year-to-date growth in passenger numbers, there is every indication that the 2014 full year figure will pass the 25 million mark for the first time.
"We need to create space for that success before next year's busy summer season, so we are investing DKK 130 million in expanding Terminal 2 and the central security checkpoint," said Woldbye.
More space for security screening
The merger of domestic and international traffic next year will create a need for a bit more space at the central security checkpoint. Initially, two lanes will be added to the existing 16 lanes, increasing capacity by more than 10%.
"The two new lanes will be ready in April 2015, well in advance of the busy summer season. Moreover, CPH is currently hiring additional security screening staff. This will ensure that we are ready for yet another busy summer in 2015," said Woldbye.
An additional expansion of the security checkpoint is on the drawing board, which will provide even more space for passengers by adding another four lanes to the facility.
More space in Terminal 2
In December, screen walls will also be installed at the west end of Terminal 2. In 2013, the east end of Terminal 2 was refurbished and expanded by 1,300 square metres and an additional 12 check-in desks. The turn has now come to Terminal 2.
"We are going to create a more spacious terminal and will expand it by an additional 700 square metres. We will also upgrade the offering of food and beverages as well as other facilities for passengers. For example, we are going to install a number of charging stations for mobile phones, tablets and laptops," said Woldbye.
The ground floor of the terminal, where passengers spend most of their time when at the airport, will be ready for the summer period, whereas the offices on the first and second floors will be ready sometime during the autumn.