Welcome to April 2021’s installment of easycharter’s “Airport of the Month”!
We are heading north this month! Northern Europe that is… shedding light on the busiest airport of the Nordic countries and one of the oldest in Europe, Copenhagen Airport (IATA: CPH, ICAO: EKCH)!
Copenhagen Airport, Københavns Lufthavn, or Kastrup is a 96-year-old Scandinavian airport located on Denmark’s busiest island, Amager. A key airport in the busy Oresund region, CPH serves Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmo, Sweden.
CPH is the largest airport in the Nordic countries. In 2019, CPH registered 30’256’703 passenger movements, mostly international, and 263’411 aircraft movements. It is considered the third busiest airport in Northern Europe and the busiest for international travel in Scandinavia.
Despite being smaller and less busy in terms of passenger traffic in comparison to other major European hub airports, CPH has just as many intercontinental connections, in addition to a dense network of short-haul connections from Copenhagen to destinations throughout the Nordic countries and Europe in general.
CPH handles close to 60 scheduled airlines. It serves as a hub for the Norwegian Air Shuttle and Scandinavian Airlines System, a joint Norwegian-Swedish-Danish carrier. It also serves as a focus city for DAT, a Danish airline formerly known as Danish Air Transport.
CPH is equipped with two main parallel asphalt runways, 04L/22R (3’600m) and 04R/22L (3’300m). To allow aircraft to land in zero visibility in case of fog, 04R/22L is equipped with an ILS Category III C system. CPH’s supplementary asphalt/concrete runway 30/12 is 2’800 m long, and runs perpendicular to the main runways.
CPH has only two terminals for check-in, Terminals 2 and 3, which handle all flights, in addition to a common post-security departure and transfer area. A free airport bus connects the terminals and parking areas.
Terminal 3 handles all domestic and international scheduled departures from Star Alliance and some unaffiliated airlines like Baltic Air, Air Serbia, Alsie Express, DAT, Icelandair, and Widerøe. Terminal 2 handles all domestic and international flights not handled by Terminal 3, including SkyTeam airlines, Oneworld airlines, and Norwegian Air Shuttle.
The common large departure area allows access for all gates, separated into sections from east to west. No gate is more than a 20-minute walk away from security. The gates furthest from each other are within a 30-minute walking distance.
The airside passenger concourse, common between both terminals, is divided into piers A, B, C, D, and F. Piers A and B handle flights within the Schengen area, pier C for flights outside the Schengen area, and pier D for flights mostly within the Schengen area as well. Pier F or CPH Go is used by low-cost carriers like EasyJet, Transavia, and Ryanair.
All arrivals exit to Terminal 3, in close proximity to escalators, elevators, and stairs leading to the train and metro stations.
While waiting for their flight to depart, passengers can enjoy several affordable and high-end shopping and dining concepts. The Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel right outside the terminal complex also offers conference facilities.
The airport features six lounges. A post-security silent lounge or prayer room also exists near the entrance of the B gate area. Passengers can enjoy free Wi-Fi access in all terminal buildings. CPH also has excellent wheelchair and power cart services on request for those with mobility struggles.
CPH is close to the Oresund Motorway connecting the cities of Copenhagen and Malmo. CPH Airport railway station is in Terminal 3, in addition to the terminus of Line M2 of the Copenhagen Metro. Taxis wait outside Terminal 3. The bus terminal, on the other hand, is outside Terminal 2. The airport also has coach connections to some cities like Uppsala, Aarhus, Malmo, Oslo, and Gothenburg.
That’s all for this week, peeps!
Until next week…