Copenhagen Airport set a new passenger record in 2012
Copenhagen Airport set a new record of 23,336,187 passengers in 2012, in spite of a number of airline bankruptcies during the year. Passenger numbers rose by a total of 2.7% year on year.
Passenger numbers at Copenhagen Airport reached a new record high in 2012 at 23.3 million passengers. International traffic was up 5.3% and was the main growth driver, and an increase in the number of transfer passengers also lifted the performance.
"The significant 7.3% increase in the number of transfer passengers and the 10.3% increase in the number of intercontinental passengers shows that we have strengthened our international position as the key northern European transport hub. Five major bankruptcies among European airlines in 2012 had a direct impact on operations at Copenhagen Airport, but we were still able to generate strong growth. That is a very satisfactory performance," said Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airport.
December saw a minor year-on-year drop in passenger numbers, probably because many people took a long Christmas holiday away from the Danish winter weather and did not return until in early 2013. There was almost 60,000 more departing than arriving passengers, which is unusual.
The number of take-offs and landings was down 4.2% in 2012. Compared with the increase in passenger numbers, this means that the airlines had better load factors and used larger aircraft in 2012, which is a positive factor.