Increasing long-haul traffic leads to rises in revenues from shopping, restaurants, cafés and parking.
Copenhagen Airport says that both its passenger numbers and its non-aviation business have risen this year, pushing up commercial revenues by 2% in the first half of 2018, duty-free travel news site DFNI reports.
Passenger traffic at the hub was up 3.1% during the period, to 14.5 million people, buoyed up by a 9.2% increase in passengers on long-haul routes.
“In the first few months of the year, Cathay Pacific opened a direct route to Hong Kong, Air China to Beijing and both Norwegian and Royal Jordanian started flying to the Jordanian capital, Amman,” said Thomas Woldbye, the airport’s chief executive.
There will also be capacity expansion on a number of key routes in time for the upcoming winter schedule, he added.
Shopping and parking
Accordingly, the airport saw continued growth in its non-aviation retail business, boosted by a recent upgrade costing around DKK 1.5 billion (€200 million), particularly in the shopping and parking facilities, with these revenues up 2% and 10.6%, respectively.
New food outlets have been opened both before and after security, with a focus on expanding dining and cafés to be “more broad and attractive”, Woldbye said.
The target is that these shops, restaurants and cafés cater for at least six out of every ten passengers before boarding their flight. Further expansion is expected to continue as 2018 progresses, with investments to rise to between DKK1.8 billion and DKK 2.1 billion during the year.