Copenhagen Airport is continuing to expand its reach, with 9.9% more passengers using long-haul, intercontinental routes in Q1 2018 compared to the same period last year.
Over 6.2 million passengers passed through the hub in the first three months of the year. The number of local departing passengers was up 3.5%, while transfer passengers were down 8.2%.
Revenue in the shopping center rose by 4.2%, which is mainly due to an increase within restaurants and cafes, while parking contributed 5.8%.
Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airports, said, “We’ve worked hard to expand the number of long-haul routes in recent years, making it easier for Danish businesses to access new markets and easier for tourists to come to Denmark.
“New routes opened in 2017 included New Delhi in India, with new routes to Hong Kong and Amman in Jordan added this year. These have been instrumental in securing the pleasing growth in long-haul traffic we’ve seen in the first quarter of 2018.
“The new schedule offers 52 new destinations compared to the winter season, 10 of them completely new to the airport. New routes and connections are extremely important to Danish trade and industry, and not least the tourism sector.
“Each new route opened to Copenhagen Airport makes it easier for tourists to come to Denmark, and it’s clear that this also plays a big part in attracting more international visitors.”
Copenhagen Airport invested approximately Dkr1.5bn (US$2.37bn) in expansions and improvements in 2017, but investments are expected to rise to Dkr1.bn-Dkr2.1bn (US$2.8bn-US$3.3bn) this year.
In Q1 2018, capital investments totaled Dkr480.1m (US$760m), which was 79.7% higher than in the same period last year.