Copenhagen Airport reveals masterplan to accomodate capacity increase

By Charlotte Turner |

CPH presented its detailed vision for the expansion of Copenhagen Airport this week in a bid to increase its capacity to 40m passengers annually, almost twice the current number.


A prerequisite for the company’s plans, which extend 25 years, is that companies, organisations, municipalities and the region are able to attract future business investment and tourists in much greater numbers than today.


“Our growth vision, Expanding CPH, is to prepare ourselves to handle almost twice as many passengers as we do today when it becomes necessary: between 24 million and 40 million passengers per year,” said Copenhagen Airport CEO Thomas Woldbye.


“And it is not only that a bigger airport will be better for the region: it’s actually a necessity if we want to ensure that Copenhagen Airport will continue to be the strongest hub in northern Europe, also in the future.”




Copenhagen Airport is not planning to build a new, separate terminal. On the contrary, the plan is to increase the capacity of the existing terminal complex in a phased process.


“In my opinion, building new, separate terminals is not an optimal solution,” said Woldbye. “A phased expansion offers several advantages. Eighteen months of analysis work has shown us that, with this approach, we can avoid building excess capacity.


“Secondly, it allows us to keep the airport’s compact layout ‘under one roof’, which is important. Thirdly, a phased expansion allows us to adjust our process to match the increase in traffic and lets us make use of the latest technology.”



One of the first steps will be the development of more capacity for intercontinental routes.


“Our analyses show that the level of about 40 million passengers per year, provides the basis for about 40 intercontinental routes out of Copenhagen, which is 16 more than today,” added Woldbye.


“Over the past five to six years, we have improved our international competitive position substantially with nine new intercontinental routes, so the first part of the expansion will focus on providing more capacity for the big aircraft used for these services. We will begin expanding Pier C as early as 2014. This pier is used for non-Schengen and intercontinental traffic.”


With the expansion of the route network for long-haul services, more space is needed for the big aircraft used to fly to destinations in south-east Asia and South America.

The terminal structure of the future will be expanded and designed to allow a better separation of arriving and departing passengers. “This will give passengers a better experience when they arrive at the airport, and it will ensure a more efficient and intuitive flow on their departure,” says CPH.


[Right: CPH CEO Thomas Woldbye.]

“New natural light intake, striking Danish design and better facilities will help improve passengers’ perception of the airport while they wait for their bags and ensure that they feel welcome in Denmark.”

The shopping area will be expanded to create room for new open zones with lots of light, high ceilings and opportunities for both experiences as and relaxation in a casual “Danish” atmosphere.

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