Fewer flying to Europe, more flying long haul

The number of passengers flying long haul to destinations outside Europe continues to grow, while traffic within Europe is declining. Charter flights, especially to Egypt, are on the increase. 

The first month of the year brought a small decrease in the number of passengers at Copenhagen Airport. Compared with the same month last year, there were 2.7% fewer passengers. However, there was an increase in the number of people travelling both on long-haul, intercontinental flights and on charter flights.

“In recent months, we’ve seen a trend for fewer people to use CPH to transfer, especially to European destinations,” says Copenhagen Airport’s CEO, Thomas Woldbye. “At the same time, there’s still a loss of passengers resulting from Air Berlin’s bankruptcy at the end of 2017. On the up side, we’re still seeing good growth in intercontinental fights to destinations outside Europe. This shows that our focus on attracing new routes to CPH is also bringing in more passengers. Last year, we had the opening of the route to Delhi in India, and this year Cathay Pacific is opening a new route to Hong Kong and Air China is opening a route to Beijing.”

Egypt making a comeback

Years ago, Egypt was one of the Danes’ preferred holiday destinations, but the unrest in the country has meant a decline in recent years. It does appear, though, that this trend has turned, at least in the charter market.

In January, there were 4.5% more passengers on charter flights from Copenhagen Airport. This is largely explained by increased traffic to destinations in Egypt.

London is still the biggest destination, with more than 163,000 passengers in January. However, this was 9.1% fewer than in the same month last year, which can be attributed in particular to easyJet currently having fewer services between CPH and London.

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