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Copenhagen makes way for world's biggest jet

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Copenhagen makes way for world's biggest jet
An Airbus A380 - could we see one using Copenhagen Airport soon? Photo: BriYYZ/Flickr
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Part of a major renovation project will include the widening of runways to accommodate the Airbus A380 in an effort to attract the huge aircraft to the Danish capital.
As previously reported numerous times here on The Local, Copenhagen Airport has experienced steady and rapid growth throughout 2014. 
 
Now the airport is ready to grow in a new way. 
 
Copenhagen Airport is beginning preparations that will allow it to accommodate the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380. 
 
An over 300 million kroner expansion project will see the airport renovate its two main runways and expand its Pier C area get the airport ready to handle the A380, which can seat more than 500 passengers. 
 
“As we are currently carrying out a major terminal and runway expansion and maintenance programme, it makes good sense for us to seize this opportunity to gradually prepare Copenhagen Airport to also accommodate the world's largest passenger aircraft, the A380,” the airport’s CEO, Thomas Woldbye, said in a statement. 
 
The airport will renovate its two main runways beginning in the summer of 2015. The work will include a runway widening that will be necessary if the airport is to accomodate the A380’s 80-metre wingspan, which is nearly double the size of a standard 45-metre runway. 
 
“Until now, the largest intercontinental aircraft such as the Airbus A380 are only used on services to the very largest hubs in the world. However, we believe that there is still room in the market for the most important medium-size hubs, including Copenhagen, to be added to the route network,” Woldbye said. 
 
An all-time high of 25 million passengers will have passed through Copenhagen Airport in 2014 when the year draws to a close. 
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