The enthusiasm for travel of the northern Europeans is directly reflected in July's travel statistics from Copenhagen Airport. The month was the busiest ever with 2.3 million passengers. While the total number of passengers was up by 1.3%, the number of departing passengers rose by as much as 2.7%, showing that the Danes started their holidays later than last year, in many cases so late that they will not return until August.
"Copenhagen Airport has recorded 4.1% substantial growth in international traffic. And this urge to travel made July the busiest month ever in the history of Copenhagen Airport, even with the Cimber Sterling bankruptcy and the late start to the holidays, which would otherwise reduce the figure," said Carsten Nørland, VP, Sales & Marketing for Copenhagen Airport.
The number of transfer passengers rose by 6.4% year-on-year. Copenhagen is increasingly becoming a transfer airport for more and more Scandinavians as well as for travellers from the Baltic States, Poland , Germany and the Midlands in the UK, and this serves to strengthen Copenhagen Airport's position as a northern European transport hub. Domestic traffic was down by 31.1%, but it is likely to stabilise over the next few months as and when airlines fill the gap after the Cimber Sterling bankruptcy. On 13 August, Danish domestic airport Billund will again have direct flights to Copenhagen when SAS opens a new service between the two airports.
Year to date, 13,583,044 passengers have travelled through Copenhagen Airport, which represents a 3.7% increase over the same period of 2011.
In light of the record number of passengers, operations during the summer have been satisfactory.