DENMARK. Copenhagen Airport is to introduce 28 new retail and food & beverage outlets as part of a DKK390 million (US$55 million) project to double the size of the transit area in Terminal 2.
The news comes as the airport reported a +9.1% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic in 2016. A record 29 million travellers passed through the airport.
The airport said that the area between Pier A and Pier B would be expanded by 4,000sq m. A new building will be built in front of the existing one and they will be joined together. The work is expected to be completed in summer 2018.
Copenhagen Airport CEO Thomas Woldbye said the process of identifying the “right selection” of retail and food & beverage outlets was already well underway, with the aim of offering “something for every taste and budget”.
“Seven out of 10 passengers say that good options for shopping and eating are essential for a good travel experience – and we’re listening to them,” he said.
“We’re making the corridors wider so there’s more space for passengers making their way to their flights. We’ll also be adding a new play area, additional seats and more power sockets for recharging devices.”
The airport has also announced the first phase of a DKK850 million (US$120 million) project to build a new pier (E), incorporating more aircraft stands and serving new routes.
“The construction of a new Pier E is one of the biggest construction projects of recent times,” said Woldbye. “When the pier is complete, it will be able to accommodate 10 gates for large aircraft and 20 for smaller aircraft on the European routes – a huge project costing around DKK3 billion (US$424 million),” said Woldbye.
“We’ve started work on the first phase of the project. This phase will give us the first 22,000sq m and seven gates for aircraft.”
The first phase of the Pier E project will be complete in 2019.
“Our goal is to create capacity for 40 million passengers a year, which means we need more space for both aircraft and passengers,” said Woldbye. “The two projects we’ve just launched are about precisely that.”
Record passenger numbers
The +9.1% growth in passengers was driven by European traffic, the airport said. Growth here was also +9.1%, although long-haul intercontinental routes experienced the highest growth rate at +10.9%.
Woldbye said the opening of 22 new routes was a key factor in the 2016 performance. “In recent years, we’ve put a lot of effort into expanding the number of direct routes,” he said. “We now have more than 160 direct routes out into the world, which is one of the main reasons why more people are choosing to come here, while travellers from Denmark and the south of Sweden have great options to get directly to their destinations.
“We’re in stiff competition with other European airports to attract airlines, and the competition won’t get any easier in the coming years, but we’re in a strong position as the high growth in 2016 demonstrates.”
All segments experienced growth, with increases in both tourists and business travellers, and in both point-to-point and network airlines.
“This indicates that Denmark is capturing a good share of the global growth in flight traffic,” noted Woldbye. “Our ambition is to maintain our position as an attractive airport for both network and point-to-point airlines.”
In 2016, domestic traffic grew +6.1%, while the number of passengers transferring at Copenhagen Airport was up +3.9%. London was the most popular destination and experienced +12.1% growth.