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Busy August in Copenhagen reflects ‘hectic’ summer across Europe


August was busy at Copenhagen Airport (CPH), with more than 2.3 million passengers passing through the facilities at Denmark’s capital city gateway.

The monthly total means that around seven million passengers used Copenhagen in between June 1 and August 31 this year, with Spain being the most popular outbound destination.

“It has been a busy summer at Copenhagen Airport, and it has been great to experience the terminals full of life and holiday-happy travellers,” noted the gateway’s commercial director, Peter Krogsgaard.

“It is clear that there are many who have longed to travel again, and most of them have also set off for the southern sun.”

More travellers to Greece and Turkey

According to the airport, it is primarily European routes that have benefited from the summer upturn in traffic, and therefore are closest to achieving pre-pandemic traffic levels.

Spain tops the list of most popular countries. During the three summer months, 668,516 passengers travelled between Copenhagen Airport and Spain, which is just 3% fewer than in 2019 before the pandemic.

On the other hand, there are more people who have chosen to travel towards the sun and summer in Greece and Turkey. The two countries experienced an increase in the number of passengers of 10% and 11% respectively compared to 2019.

Some 415,500 passengers travelled between CPH and Greek destinations, while 398,488 passengers flew to and from Turkey during June, July and August .

Busy summer in Europe

The airport notes that the summer has been busy in European airports with passengers returning faster than expected at many airports, meaning that the shortage of staff at both airlines and airports has challenged the entire industry.

“The first busy summer since corona caused quite a few challenges with baggage handling and longer waiting times at most European airports,” admitted Krogsgaard.

“We got the man up and running as quickly as possible, and after all, things have gone well at Copenhagen Airport, and the vast majority of passengers have departed as planned.”

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