Copenhagen Airport sets new passenger record

Increasing numbers of people are travelling through Copenhagen Airport, which saw a record number of passengers during the first half of 2018.

Copenhagen Airport sets new passenger record
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14.5 million people travelled through the airport between January and June 2018, a three percent increase on the same period last year.

Long-haul routes are said to be one of the primary drivers of growth at the airport, with new routes and increased airline capacity cited.

Copenhagen Airport published the figures in its accounts for the first half of 2018 on Thursday.

“Our strategy of increasing the number of long-haul routes is paying off,” CEO Thomas Woldbye said.

“During the first months of the year, Cathay Pacific opened a new route to Hong Kong, Air China to Beijing and both Norwegian and Royal Jordanian to Amman in Jordan,” Woldbye continued.

Passenger numbers increased by as much as five percent during the second quarter of the year.

“When we open a new route, passenger numbers generally increase, and tourists in particular find it easier to come to Denmark,” the CEO said.

The passenger record did not increase turnover or profit during the second quarter, however, given reduced charges placed by the airport on airlines.

Turnover in the second quarter fell marginally to 1.114 billion kroner.

While increased parking charges have contributed to turnover, it was reduced by the lower airline charges, which came into effect in April.

Profits fell by 16 percent to 290 million kroner as a result of lower turnover and investment.

Further investments in improved facilities for passengers and airlines are expected, Copenhagen Airport said.

The airport is currently undergoing an expansion and development plan entitled Expanding CPH.

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Copenhagen to miss 2025 zero emissions target

Copenhagen will not reach its longstanding target of becoming CO2 emissions neutral by 2025.

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Cyclists on Copenhagen's "Lille Langebro" bridge. The Danish capital has admitted to errors in emissions calculations and says it won't be climate neutral in 2025, a long-standing target. Photo by Febiyan on Unsplash

A city councillor told newspaper Jyllands-Posten that the city, which has long stated its aim of becoming the world’s first CO2-neutral capital, would not meet that target as scheduled.

“I won’t need to stand there in 2025 and say ‘hurrah, we’re CO2 neutral’, because I know that CO2 will still be emitted (then),” elected representative Ninna Hedeager Olsen of the Copenhagen Municipality environment section told Jyllands-Posten.

Tourist board Visit Denmark has previously used the emissions goal to market the city, while Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen named the target during the C40 climate summit when it was hosted by Copenhagen in 2019.

But the municipality has included wind energy produced in other municipalities in its calculations on energy sustainability, according to the newspaper report.

This means it effectively still emits CO2 overall.

The company which supplies energy to the city, Hofor, has erected windmills in a number of municipalities outside of Copenhagen. But the electricity produced by these windmills has been used in calculations of CO2 emissions in both Copenhagen and in the municipalities in which the windmills are actually located.

The replication of the energy production in data for different locations can “rightly” be said to be “cheating the scales”, according to Hedeager Olsen.

But that is not the only problem in calculations of the city’s emissions, she also admitted.

“There are loads of things that haven’t been counted,” she said.

The goal to become climate neutral by 2025 was first set by the city in 2012 in a climate plan adopted by the city government.

Copenhagen was the following year awarded the Cities Climate Leadership award for the plan.