A ninetieth birthday party with 25 million guests. Twenty-five million. Does that sound incredible?
Nevertheless, that is the number of guests Copenhagen Airport will have rounded by the end of 2014 – and, thus, the number the airport will have passed when it celebrates its ninetieth birthday in 2015. Since Copenhagen Airport opened on the island of Amager in 1925 as one of the first civilian airports in the world, the number of travellers it served grew rapidly year by year and, according to forecasts from the airport's research department, passenger number 25 million arrived at Copenhagen Airport Thursday, 18 December, at around 10 o'clock in the morning.
The past 90 years have been a wild ride for Copenhagen Airport: a journey from our beginnings as a local airfield with grass runways to our existence today as one of northern Europe's key international transport hubs. And, not least, a lot of exciting passengers have been guests at our airport – ranging from prominent politicians and huge stars from cultural life to busy businesspeople and happy families on holiday," said Marie-Louise Lotz, Copenhagen Airport's head of passenger service.
"Every year, thousands of new passengers arrive at the airport, and we always do our utmost to give them a good experience when they start, continue or finish their journey. We consider a visit to Copenhagen Airport to be part of the journey, a place where travellers have the opportunity to take a break, enjoy a good meal at one of our many restaurants or cafés, or can spend time shopping in a nice and exciting atmosphere.”
Passenger number 25 million this year was also passenger number 695,331,149 in the airport's almost 90 years of history. This means that the airport will round passenger number 700 million in the spring of 2015, a number corresponding to the population of the United States, Indonesia, Mexico and Denmark – together! Almost a third of the 700 million passengers travelled through the airport within the past decade.