Long-haul helps CPH smash records

Airport calls it “a historic summer” on July and H1 results
Close to three million people travelled through Copenhagen Airport in July, the highest number ever in a single month. Passenger numbers were 9.6% higher than in July of last year.
The airport explained the stats surge partly by the weather: “The rainy summer in Denmark made many people pack their suitcases and head to more sunny climes,” it said in a news release.
The figures were “much more than we had expected,” said Thomas Woldbye, the airport’s chief executive. “The high number of summer travellers shows that Denmark is an attractive holiday destination and also that a lot of people from Denmark chose to travel abroad for their summer holidays.”
He added: “Many people chose the well-known destinations in southern Europe, but the biggest change was on the long-haul intercontinental routes. We saw an almost 10% year-on-year increase in passenger numbers on those routes.”
A number of new long-haul routes have been opened since last year, including to Boston, while several airlines are using bigger aircraft on their services and have added more frequencies.
European traffic grew by 9.5%, helped by the popular summer destinations in Spain, including close to 30% more traffic to Palma and 40% more to Malaga compared with last July.
CPH also released its first-half results this week. In the first six months of 2016, 13.7 million passengers passed through Copenhagen Airport, a rise of 11%. Since this time last year, 40 new routes have opened, of which 19 are to new destinations. According to a report by DAMVAD Analytics, the new passengers and routes have contributed to growth of around DKK 1.7 billion (€300 million) in Danish GDP.
TTG Nordic

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