Summer 2019 at CPH may be record-breaking

The terminals at Copenhagen Airport are set for a very busy summer. We expect 37 days with more than 100,000 travellers during the three summer months. We have three good tips for travellers: preparation, patience and good spirits. 

You are not alone when the summer holiday rush starts at Copenhagen Airport. Around nine million travellers are expected to pass through the airport during the three summer months from June to August.

“It is therefore important to bring your good spirits and a bit of patience on your journey, to be as best prepared as possible from home and to pack your carry-on luggage properly so that you can pass through the security check swiftly and easily,” says Kristian Durhuus, Vice President, Customer Service & Operations at Copenhagen Airport.

Special tracks for families with children under 12 years have been established at the security checkpoint.

“It is important that the many children also have a good experience at the security checkpoint. The children are often unaware of what is going to happen and might feel a little uneasy with the situation and the large crowds. We have therefore made special tracks for families with children under 12 years, so that they can pass through security at their own pace,” says Kristian Durhuus, Vice President, Customer Service & Operations at Copenhagen Airport.

It is not just in Denmark that summer is the busiest time for travelling. It is the same in all of Europe and not least in the airspace, where traffic queues will at times occur in the air lanes across Europe – not least above Germany and France, which have a lack of air-traffic controllers.

“Together with the air-traffic control at Naviair, we are doing everything we can to reduce the nuisance caused by the many delays in summer. We will try to get the many delayed flights off the ground again as quickly as possible. But unfortunately, we will get delays. This is another reason for you to bring your good spirits. You going on holiday, and you will get there,” says Kristian Durhuus.

The summer holidays kick off for real on 28 June where we expect 108,300 travellers. According to the forecasts, this year will see several travel days with more than 110,000 passengers.

The previous record for the busiest day of the year was set on 25 June last year with 109,399 travellers. This year, the busiest day is expected to be Tuesday, 16 July with 111,500 passengers.

The five busiest summer days

  • Friday, 28 June: 108,300
  • Monday, 15 July: 110,100
  • Monday, 22 July: 110,300
  • Tuesday, 9 July:     110,500
  • Tuesday, 16 July:   111,500

Good advice for travellers:

  • Check that your passport has not expired.
  • If you have children under the age of 12, you can use the tracks for families with children at the security checkpoint.
  • Check your carry-on luggage for pocket knives, scissors and other sharp objects and remember to pack any liquids in a transparent, reclosable bag. Containers with more than 100 ml of liquid are not allowed in your carry-on luggage.
  • Pack liquids and electronics at the top of your carry-on luggage so that you can remove them easily and place them in the trays.
  • Check in at home, if possible – this will save you time at the airport.
  • Check your flight on Cph.dk or on the CPH Airport app for updates on any travel changes and your designated gate.
  • If you are travelling outside the Schengen area, you need to go through the passport control. It is therefore a good idea to keep an eye on the waiting time at the passport control. You can do that while you follow your flight on cph.dk or on the CPH Airport app.