CPH opens expanded Terminal 2 and new bagage system

Posted: 13 June 2013 | Copenhagen Airport (CPH) | No comments yet

After a year of extensive construction activity, Copenhagen Airport now opens a refurbished and expanded Terminal 2…

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After a year of extensive construction activity, Copenhagen Airport now opens a refurbished and expanded Terminal 2. At the same time, an expanded and improved baggage system is put into operation. The two projects represent a combined investment of DKK 540 million, and Copenhagen Airport is now ready for the summer season, which is expected to be busier than ever, and for the expected growth of the coming years.

During the past year, the construction team has worked virtually round the clock to finish the major construction works at Terminal 2 and the baggage system before the summer traffic begins in a few weeks’ time.

Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airport, today cut the ribbon in the presence of a large, invited audience and the many passengers at the terminals.

“Copenhagen Airport is growing, and to accommodate that growth we needed to create significantly more room for passengers and airlines and increase our capacity with additional space and new check-in desks.

At the same time, we have upgraded our baggage system to handle the up to 30 million passengers we expect to welcome annually in the future. Overall, this will give airlines, handling companies and passengers a better product because everything from check-in to baggage drop and baggage sorting will become easier, and there will be fewer errors,” Thomas Woldbye said in his speech at the opening event.

Upgraded check-in and baggage system

With the refurbishment of Terminal 2, the terminal now has an additional 1,400 sqm for passengers, and capacity has been expanded with 12 new check-in desks and 16 new check-in kiosks, allowing the ever increasing number of passengers to move faster through the airport.

At the same time, the airport’s baggage system has been expanded to now include an additional 2.8 kilometres of baggage conveyors, 500 motors and new software, resulting in increased capacity and speed and enhanced operational reliability.

Stronger competitive edge

In addition to helping passengers to get through the airport with greater ease and flexibility, the two refurbishment projects, representing an aggregate construction cost of some DKK 540 million, will also contribute to strengthening Copenhagen Airport in the fierce international competition between airports.

Moreover, Copenhagen’s competitive position as a city will be strengthened as the airport’s capacity and infrastructure are gradually expanded.

“Due to the intense competition among Europe’s large cities, Copenhagen must be attractive; attractive for those wishing to take up residence in the city, attractive for the businesses planning to set up operations in the region and attractive to tourists planning a city break in Europe.

For this reason, it is important that Copenhagen Airport continues to evolve as a major international airport that connects Denmark with the rest of the Nordic region, Europe and the rest of the world,” said Jens Kramer Mikkelsen, CEO of CPH City & Port Development, and chair of the CPH Growth Committee, in connection with the opening event.

In the coming years, Copenhagen Airport will continue to expand through a number of major construction projects targeting terminals, baggage sorting and manoeuvring area. Refurbishment of the remaining part of Terminal 2 is scheduled for completion in 2016.

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