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Intercontinental, transfers drive CPH growth

Copenhagen Airport posts another passenger growth record buoyed by upward trends – except in domestic traffic.

Nearly two million people used Copenhagen Airport in February, which makes it a monthly record. But domestic traffic continues to fall, according to the latest figures.

Exactly 1,995,479 travelled through CPH during the month, an increase of 1.9% year-on-year, putting the year-to-date rise at 2.1%.

It is still the long-haul routes that are driving growth at the Nordic region’s largest airport, as intercontinental traffic increased by as much as 10.8% during the month.

“The intercontinental routes to, for example, Hong Kong mean that travellers from Scandinavia and northern Europe can choose to fly via Copenhagen and out into the world rather than travel via the biggest hubs such as Frankfurt, London and Amsterdam,” explains Thomas Woldbye, the Danish hub’s chief executive.

“This is crucial if we are to maintain and develop Copenhagen Airport as northern Europe’s most important traffic hub.”

As for domestic traffic, however, despite tariff reductions and campaigns to lure more travellers it continues to fall.

There were 7.8% fewer domestic passengers in February, a result of airlines cutting the number of frequencies by a more-or-less equivalent percentage.

This follows a 6.2% decline in domestic air traffic in January, and a 1.5% decline during 2018.

As a result, domestic traffic now accounts for only 5.5% of total traffic at Copenhagen Airport, compared with 7% to 8% around five years ago.

Growing hub
But the decline in domestic traffic is the only blot in this month’s traffic stats. European traffic rose 1.2%, while transfer traffic increased by 5.7%.

According to Copenhagen Airport, half of the transfer growth is being driven by SAS’s route to Hong Kong.

SAS accounts for 80% of the transfer traffic at CPH, while airlines such as Air Canada, Air China, Air India and Qatar Airways are also contributing to this growth.

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