CPH Traffic Figures: Biggest Ever Departure Day in the Autumn Holiday

Friday 12 October was the biggest departure day in the history of the airport. On the first day of the autumn holiday, a total of 107,136 travellers passed through the terminals. The rest of October was busy too. 

12.11.2018

The 2,723,353 travellers passing through the terminals in Copenhagen Airport made October a very busy month. The number of travellers was up 4.2% compared to the same month last year.

The number of passengers was highest on the most popular autumn holiday travel day: Friday 12 October. Never before in the history of the airport have so many departing passengers passed through check-in and security on a single day.

A total of 60,644 people departed from Copenhagen and travelled out into the world. If one includes the number of passengers arriving, the total on the day was 107,136.

“This unusually hectic travel day went well. Both the travellers and the airport staff had prepared particularly well,” says Thomas Woldbye, CEO.

That meant that on the day, the average waiting time in security was 2 minutes and 29 seconds. Given that the busiest period was in the morning, the maximum waiting time was 10 minutes and 14 seconds.

“The short waiting time in security on such a busy day indicates how well passengers and staff cooperated, and that most passengers had packed their hand luggage properly, making it easier and faster for our staff to check,” says Thomas Woldbye.

However, Friday 12 October was not the busiest day of the year. The record was set on 25 June this year with 109,399 passengers – the busiest day ever.

The traffic figures for October reflect the most significant trend of the year: more people flying long haul out of Europe. In October, the traffic increased by 11.6%. Year to date, the number of travellers on long-haul routes has increased by 11%.

This growth seems to be continuing. The airlines’ winter traffic programme came into force on 28 October. It includes four new long-haul routes: SAS to Hong Kong five times a week and Norwegian to Aqaba in Jordan and Krabi in Thailand once and twice a week, respectively. Meanwhile, from 10 December, Sichuan Airlines will be flying to Chengdu, the panda capital of China.

If one looks at the first ten months of the year and compares them to the same period last year, the number of passengers increased by 3.8% to 26,040,521.

In the Top 10 list of destinations, London comfortably retains its position as number 1. The greatest growth in October was on the route to Berlin with 12.3% more passengers than in the same month last year.

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