Growth in both Copenhagen Airport’s non-aeronautical business and passenger numbers have helped the airport to increase revenues by 1.7% in the first quarter of the year.
Passenger traffic at the Danish airport was up 0.4% on the same period in 2017 at 6,267,580 passengers. An increase in long-haul, intercontinental routes drove this growth, with 9.9% passengers travelling long-haul from the airport.
Naturally, as a result of increased passenger traffic at Copenhagen Airport, its non-aeronautical business grew. Revenue in the airport’s shopping centre increased by 4.2%, while Copenhagen Airports CEO Thomas Woldbye said improvements in the airport’s landside retail had facilitated growth.
“During the first three months of the year, we’ve opened a number of new food outlets and shops landside. This has been done in response to the requests of many passengers for more places to get a cup of coffee or something to eat before going through security, as well as other people wanting to get something to eat or drink while waiting for incoming flights,” he said.
DKK2bn investment expected
Woldbye added more investment would be seen at the airport in 2018, with expected investments having the potential to top DKK2bn ($320m).
“We have to go back to the end of the 1990s to find an equivalent level of investment in the airport. We have an ambitious expansion plan in place – Expanding CPH – and have chosen to further increase the pace of investment this year. This means that we’ll complete the major expansion of terminal two airside and construction of a walkway from the metro station to security.
“The new Pier E is another major construction project, and here we’ve expanded the scope to include construction of a brand-new building for passport control and even more aircraft stands and gates, predominantly for the large long-haul aircraft.”