Initiatives aimed at bolstering airport’s role as a hub
Copenhagen Airport has revealed that it is implementing initiatives that will reduce the charges that airlines pay for using the airport.
To strengthen CPH as a hub, a new incentive scheme is being introduced for frequent feeder traffic from regional airports.
Overall, the airport claims that charges will be reduced by an average of 10% from April 1 next year.
In July, the Danish government came up with a new aviation strategy focused on strengthening the country’s international and domestic connectivity. The regulation, to come into force in April 2019, is a result of that strategy.
“Both from the political side and from airlines, there has been a wish for lower airport charges. We have listened to that,” explains airport chairman Lars Nørby Johansen.
“At the same time, we want to respond to the new regulation now and create a good common starting point for the upcoming charges’ negotiations. Therefore, we will be reducing charges from April 2018 through two specific initiatives.”
He continues: “Firstly, we are reducing the charges that all airlines pay to use the airport. Furthermore, we’re introducing a special incentive scheme that will make charges 35% lower for frequent feeder flights between regional airports and CPH. On average, CPH’s charges will be 10% lower from April 2018.”
Strengthening as a hub
The new incentive scheme will mean the charges are 35% lower for flights between Copenhagen and regional airports such as Billund, Bornholm, Midtjylland, Sønderborg, Aalborg and Aarhus, as well as Bergen, Gothenburg, Stavanger, Vilnius and Gdansk.
The aim is to strengthen Copenhagen airport’s position as a northern European hub, the chairman stresses.
“We want to strengthen our hub status, so the lower prices will particularly benefit airlines that fly several times daily on shorter routes between CPH and regional airports. In this way, we’re continuing our efforts to connect up the whole of Denmark more closely,” Lars Nørby Johansen says.
Cost: €40 million a year
The 10% cut in charges will cost the airport around DKK 300 million (€40 million) annually. The airport hopes that the reduction for, in particular, the feeder routes will lead to consolidation and growth in hub traffic.
“We anticipate that the airlines will welcome the price reduction and respond with increased activity and growth,” Nørby Johansen says.