Last week, Copenhagen (Scandinavia’s busiest airport and the 15th-busiest in Europe in 2010) welcomed Emirates as the latest carrier to serve the Danish capital. Daily flights to Dubai will be operated by the carrier’s A330-200s, joining Gulf Air (which began flights to its Bahrain base only in July), Egyptair’s Cairo service (which was launched last October) and Qatar Airways’ daily Doha flight, in significantly increasing connectivity to Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Tri-national SAS remains the airport’s leading airline with around 38% of scheduled seat capacity this summer, operating non-stop to over 50 international destinations. Norwegian is now the second biggest carrier at the airport with almost 13% of capacity, spread across almost 40 destinations. Third ranked Cimber Sterling, which focuses on the domestic market and is currently experiencing some ownership changes, has a 9% share of the markets, followed by two UK airlines, easyJet and British Airways.
The UK LCC now serves Copenhagen from eight of its bases across Europe, and has added Basel and Paris during the last 12 months. easyJet is currently the only carrier benefiting from lower charges by using the new low-cost pier, branded CPH Go, which is designed for point-to-point operations.
According to OAG data for July almost 60 airlines are operating scheduled services at the airport. Passenger numbers should pass the 22-million mark for the first time this year. Traffic in the first half of 2011 is up over 9%, and even excluding April’s ash-enhanced figure, passenger numbers are up almost 5%.
Although Transavia.com (part of the Air France / KLM group) withdrew its base earlier this year, it only operated between five and six daily flights last summer to nine destinations.
Germany and UK are leading non-Scandinavian markets
In terms of weekly departures, the leading country market from Copenhagen is Denmark, with six other Danish airports served by a mixture of Cimber Sterling, Norwegian and SAS. The only domestic route on which all three compete is Aalborg where each carrier offers over 3,000 weekly one-way seats.
Measured by weekly seats, Germany, Norway and the UK are all slightly bigger than the domestic market. Last September, British Airways added flights from London City airport to complement its London Heathrow services.
Five US hubs served, but no Indian airports
The US market is served by Continental (Newark), Delta (Atlanta and New York JFK) and SAS (Chicago O’Hare, Newark and Washington Dulles) making it the 14th biggest country market by flights and 11th biggest by seat capacity. Over 50 countries are served non-stop, including China where SAS currently operates to Beijing. From next March, it will also operate non-stop to Shanghai with five weekly flights. Other Asian markets served include Bangkok (served by both SAS and fellow Star Alliance member Thai International), Singapore (Singapore Airlines) and Tokyo (SAS). Maybe surprisingly, given that there is a weekly service to Lahore in Pakistan with PIA, there are currently no direct services to India.
New services from Air France, Blue1 and Norwegian this winter
New services already announced for launch in the second half of 2011 include SAS to Palma de Mallorca (from 3 September), Air France to Marseille (from 2 October), Blue1 to Tampere in Finland (from 30 October, operated by Golden Air) and Norwegian to Trondheim in Norway (from 30 October).