CPH: increased throughput, increased security

Copenhagen airport has reported a 1.4% increase in throughput in May to 1.9 million. It had handled more than eight million passengers so far this year in figures to end-May.

Copenhagen airport has reported a 1.4% increase in throughput in May to 1.9 million. It had handled more than eight million passengers so far this year in figures to end-May.

Copenhagen’s has reported a 1.4% increase in throughput in May to 1.9 million. It has handled more than eight million in the year to date – up 2.4% year-on-year. The number of locally departing passengers increased by 4.6% to 29,482, and the number of transfer passenger by 5.9% to 16,736.

The number of scheduled international passengers increased 1.2% to 18,693, while the number of international charter passengers decreased by 378 (0.4%). Consequently, the total number of international passengers increased by 1.1% to 18,454. The total number of domestic passengers increased by 6,424 passengers (3.9%) compared with May 2006.

A new, central security checkpoint was opened by Danish Minister of Finance Thor Pedersen on 1 June. The new checkpoint doubles capacity, enabling passenger to negotiate security more quickly. It replaces the two existing security checkpoints in Terminals 2 and 3. Pedersen said: “Compared with other countries, we have many more international flight connections than the size of the population warrants. It is important to Copenhagen Airport to retain and expand its position as the hub of Scandinavia and the Baltic region. This continuously requires large investments in buildings, facilities and technical equipment, which, together with very competent staff, are to ensure that the airport is efficient and has a high security and service level. The new, central security checkpoint, which we are opening today, is a good example of this.”

Niels Boserup, president and CEO, Copenhagen Airports, added: “Recent years’ stricter regulatory requirements have increased the security screening time, and there are new requirements to capacity, equipment and design to ensure that passengers have a good experience at security. Our target is that 95% of our passengers should be screened in less than five minutes, and that the maximum wait should be 20 minutes. With the new security checkpoint, we expect to meet this target, even during the busy summer period.”

In addition to the new security area, the airport has doubled the number of check-in kiosks available to airlines.

Susanne Frank, passenger manager, Copenhagen Airport, said: “The summer season at the airport is like the Christmas season to the retail trade. Although both the airport and the airlines have joined efforts to prepare themselves for the summer season, we will be breaking the record this year with more than 40 peak travel days over the summer period.”

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