Record year for Swedish and Danish airports

Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg break records
It was a record year for Copenhagen Airport as well as many of operator Swedavia’s airports. CPH saw its passenger total for 2015 rise by another million to 26.6 million, while Stockholm Arlanda broke the 23 million mark for the first time.
Exactly 37,574,829 people flew to or from one of Swedavia’s ten airports, an increase of 5% compared to 2014. Both domestic and international traffic grew, the biggest rise being international, up 8% to 24,312,446 passengers. Domestic traffic was up 1% to 13,262,383.
“The increased demand for flights that we have seen over the past few years clearly shows the importance of the access that Swedavia’s airports offers, both nationally and internationally,” said Karl Wistrand, Swedavia’s acting chief executive. “We will work further to develop this to enhance Sweden’s competitiveness.”
Swedavia’s three biggest airports – Stockholm Arlanda, Göteborg Landvetter and Stockholm Bromma – all set passenger records. Arlanda took a final count of 23,153,888 passengers, up 3% from the year before.
Gothenburg Landvetter saw 6,162,456 passengers, up 18% – almost a million more than in 2014 – and Bromma saw a 5% increase to 2,491,465.
The 26,610,332 people flying to or from Copenhagen in 2015 meant a growth rate of 3.8% from 2014 – one million more passengers. Almost 2 million in December was a new high, up 12.5% year-on-year.
According to chief executive Thomas Woldbye, one explanation for the strong growth is a boom in long-haul routes.
“The number of long-haul routes into and out of Copenhagen has doubled in the past decade, and last year alone we added five new intercontinental destinations to our route map,” he said.
“During the year we expanded Pier C to accommodate the large increase in passengers. We also expanded the runway so that we are now able to handle the largest aircraft like the Airbus A380, which has been operating on daily services to Copenhagen since December.”
Also in 2015, Norwegian launched direct routes to destinations such as Las Vegas, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Additional routes to Miami, Boston and other cities will follow in 2016.
TTG Nordic