Copenhagen Airport

Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (Danish: Københavns Lufthavn, Kastrup, pronounced [kʰøpm̩ˈhɑwns ˈlɔftˌhɑwˀn ˈkʰæˌstʁɔp]; IATA: CPH, ICAO: EKCH) is the main international airport serving Copenhagen, Denmark, the rest of Zealand, the Øresund Region, and a large part of southern Sweden including Scania. It is the largest airport in the Nordic countries with close to 30.3 million passengers in 2019 and one of the oldest international airports in Europe. It is the third-busiest airport in Northern Europe, and the busiest for international travel in Scandinavia.[3]

Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup

Københavns Lufthavn, Kastrup
Airport typePublic
OwnerKøbenhavns Lufthavne
ServesCopenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden
LocationKastrup, Tårnby, Copenhagen, Denmark
Opened20 April 1925 (96 years ago) (1925-04-20)
Hub for
Focus city forDAT
Elevation AMSL5 m / 17 ft
Coordinates55°37′05″N 012°39′22″E
Location within Denmark
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04L/22R 3,600 11,811 Asphalt
04R/22L 3,300 10,827 Asphalt
12/30 2,800 9,186 Asphalt/concrete
Statistics (2019)
Aircraft movements263,411[1]
Source: AIP[2]

The airport is located on the island of Amager, 8 kilometres (5 miles) south of Copenhagen city centre, and 24 km (15 mi) west of Malmö city centre, which is connected to Copenhagen via the Øresund Bridge. The airport covers an area of 11.8 km2 (4.6 sq mi).[4] Most of the airport is situated in the municipality of Tårnby, with a small portion in the city of Dragør.

The airport is the main hub out of three used by Scandinavian Airlines and is also an operating base for Sunclass Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle. Copenhagen Airport handles around 60 scheduled airlines, and has a maximum operation capability of 83 operations/hour, and a total of 108 jet bridges and remote parking stands. Unlike other Scandinavian airports, most of the airport's passengers are international. In 2015, 6.1% of passengers travelled to and from other Danish airports, 83.5% to/from other European airports, and 10.4% were intercontinental passengers.[5] The airport is owned by Københavns Lufthavne, which also operates Roskilde Airport. The airport employs 1,700 people (not including employees in shops, restaurants, etc.).[6]

Copenhagen Airport was originally called Kastrup Airport, since it is located in the small town of Kastrup, now a part of the Tårnby municipality. The formal name of the airport is still Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, to distinguish it from Roskilde Airport, whose formal name is Copenhagen Airport, Roskilde.


The airport was inaugurated 20 April 1925 and was one of the first civil airports in the world. It consisted of a large, impressive terminal built of wood, a couple of hangars, a balloon mast, a hydroplane landing stage and a few grassy meadows that could be used as runways. The grass on the runways was kept short by sheep, which were shepherded away before take-offs and landings. From 1932 to 1939, takeoffs and landings increased from 6,000 to 50,000 and passenger number increased to 72,000. Between 1936 and 1939, a new terminal was built, considered one of the finest examples of Nordic functionalism. The terminal was designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen, who was considered a pioneer among architects, in terms not only of architecture and construction, but also of service and passenger comfort.[7]

In the years of World War II, the Copenhagen airport was closed for civil operations except for periodic flights to destinations in Sweden, Germany, and Austria. In the summer of 1941 the first hard-surface runway opened. It was 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) long and 65 m (213 ft) wide. When World War II ended in May 1945, Copenhagen had the most modern international airport in Europe, because the airport remained untouched by actual acts of war.

On 1 August 1947, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) was founded, an important event for the Copenhagen Airport, as Copenhagen was to be the main hub for the airline. Traffic increased rapidly in the first years SAS operated. On 26 January 1947, a KLM Douglas DC-3 "Dakota" crashed at the airport after stopping en route to Stockholm. 22 people on board died, including the Swedish prince Gustav Adolf and the American opera singer Grace Moore. In 1948 Copenhagen airport was third largest airport in Europe with 150 daily takeoffs and almost 300,000 passengers for the year. The airport continued its rapid growth. The terminal was expanded several times and new hangars were erected.

In 1954, Scandinavian Airlines begins the world's first trans-polar route, flying initially to Los Angeles. The route proved to be a publicity coup, and for some years Copenhagen became a popular transit point for Hollywood stars and producers flying to Europe – also the airport handled 11,000 tonnes of freight per year. In 1956, the airport handled 1 million passengers per year and won the award[clarification needed] for the world's best airport. The runways were lengthened and fitted with technically advanced equipment.

Kastrup Airport in the 1960s

By 10 May 1960, when the new airport terminal (now Terminal 2) was inaugurated, the daily number of jet operations had increased to 28, and still traffic kept on growing. The large new airport terminal soon became too small, and in 1969 yet another huge expansion programme was launched. Domestic traffic was relocated to a new domestic terminal (the eastern part of Terminal 1). The (current) international terminal was supplemented with a new pier (C) and a separate arrivals hall (the building between Terminals 2 and 3). A new control tower and 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) of additional runways allowed take-offs and landings to take place at the same time. When the comprehensive expansion was completed in 1972, the number of take-offs and landings exceeded 180,000 and there were more than eight million passengers.[8]

Throughout the 1970s, airport traffic continued to grow, but the airport was not expanded further. A new large airport located at the island of Saltholm (with a connecting bridge to Denmark and Sweden) was on the drawing board. It would be a huge investment, and the proposal was evaluated thoroughly by many experts. In 1980, however, the Danish parliament instead decided to expand the capacity of Copenhagen airport to 20–22 million passengers by the year 2000. This solution was far cheaper than building a new airport and because the new types of aircraft were less noisy, an airport on Saltholm did not offer a decisive environmental gain. In 1973 the airport handled 8 million passengers per year. The third (long) runway opened and the dual runway system (04L/22R-04R/22L) opened, strongly expanding the starts and landings capacity.

The expansion of the airport began in 1982, after the necessary period of planning. The intention was not to build Europe's largest airport, but to build transit passengers' favourite airport. A stay at the airport was supposed to be an integral part of the travel experience. Efficiency and precision were obvious demands, but focus was also on generating an oasis where international travellers could relax: beautiful architecture, Scandinavian design, and pleasant, light, and comfortable surroundings with plenty of shops, restaurants, and other facilities providing enjoyment and pleasure. The new cargo terminal was built in the eastern area of the airport.

A number of important construction projects were completed in 1998: a pier connecting the domestic and international terminals; a new arrivals hall; new modern baggage handling facilities; an underground railway station with two large underground parking facilities with 2400 spaces opens; and above it all the spacious and impressive delta-shaped terminal (Terminal 3) with 17 million passengers capacity. The first stage of the new Pier D was completed in the spring of 1999.[9]

On 1 July 2000 the Øresund Bridge opened which connects Denmark and Sweden by motorway and train. In 2001 the five-star Hilton hotel opened with 382 rooms. In 2006 for the first time in its history Copenhagen airport exceeded 20 million passengers and reached 20,900,000 passengers. In October 2007 the metro station opened, connecting the airport to the Copenhagen Metro. A new control tower opened in 2008 by Naviair as part of a major renovation of the ATC system. Airport officials announced plans to build a new low-cost terminal at the facility. On 31 October 2010 the new low cost terminal CPH Go opened by easyJet.[10] In 2013 the airport handled a new record of 24,067,030 passengers. In 2014 CPH announced plans to increase capacity to 40 million passengers per year.[11] It reached 30 million in 2018.

From late 2015, the airport became the first in Scandinavia to have a regularly scheduled A380 service after Emirates started operating the plane for its Copenhagen route.[12][13]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the number of passengers fell dramatically during 2020. There were 7.525 million passengers this year, a majority of these in January and February when restrictions were yet not issued.[14] The Group Annual Report 2020 showed 600 million DKK in deficit.[15]


Map showing the terminals and runways


Copenhagen Airport has two terminals for check-in, Terminals 2 and 3, which handle all flights and share a common airside passenger concourse as well as the arrivals section which houses customs and baggage claim and is physically located in Terminal 3. The airside is reached through a common security check located between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.

The common airside passenger concourse is divided into piers, called A, B, C, D and F.[16] Pier A and B are for flights inside Schengen only. Pier C is mostly for flights outside Schengen. Pier D is mostly for flights inside Schengen. The newest section, CPH Go, now called Pier F, dedicated to low-cost carriers opened in October 2010. So far, EasyJet, Transavia and Ryanair are the only airlines operating from this facility. An all new Terminal 4 has been discussed, but replaced by plans to expand the current facilities in appropriate increments.[17] Copenhagen Airport says passengers have easy transfer possibilities.[18]

Previously all domestic flights departed from Terminal 1, but from 29 March 2015 all departures have been collected in Terminals 2 and 3,[19][20] and Pier C was expanded with another jetbridge at DKK 10M to facilitate the Emirates Airbus A380 to Dubai from December 2015,[21][22] which was the first 2-class A380 carrying 615 passengers.[13][23]

A new pier, to be called Pier E, is under construction and will be fully finished in 2020.[24]


Despite the short distance to the city centre, approaches to, and departures from, the airport are above water due to the heading of the dual parallel runway system (04R/22L & 04L/22R). Those runways point to the Øresund strait, close in both directions. The supplementary runway (30/12) oriented perpendicular to the main runways also has its approach or departure over Øresund in one direction. In the opposite direction, the 30/12 runway has noise restrictions as flight happens close over residential areas.[25] Other advantages are the low altitude of the airport and absence of hills and high buildings below the approach directions. In case of fog, the runway 22L is equipped with an ILS category III C system, which allows modern aircraft to land in zero sight. Runway 04R/22L was widened by 4 meters in each side at DKK 30M to accommodate the Airbus A380, as part of a general concrete renewal program of DKK 300M.[13][21][22]

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Copenhagen Airport:

Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Heraklion, Kalamata, Rhodes
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson[26]
Air China Beijing–Capital[27]
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Toulouse
Air Greenland Kangerlussuaq
Seasonal: Narsarsuaq
Charter: Thule
Air Serbia Belgrade
airBaltic Riga, Tallinn[28]
Alsie Express Sønderborg[29]
AnadoluJet[30] Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen[31]
Seasonal: Ankara, Konya
Atlantic Airways Vágar
Seasonal: Bastia
Seasonal charter: Innsbruck,[32]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Seasonal: Innsbruck
Blue Air Bucharest
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Seasonal charter: Burgas[33]
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Varna
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Chania, Hurghada,[34] Rhodes, Sharm El Sheikh[34]
Croatia Airlines Zagreb
Seasonal: Split[35]
Czech Airlines Prague
Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík
DAT Aalborg, Bornholm, Midtjylland
Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[36]
easyJet Amsterdam,[37] Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, London–Gatwick, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Barcelona (begins 19 July 2021),[38] Málaga (begins 19 July 2021),[39] Palma de Mallorca (begins 19 July 2021)[40]
EgyptAir Cairo
Emirates Dubai–International
Eurowings Düsseldorf, Prague (begins 31 October 2021)[41]
Finnair Helsinki
FlyErbil Erbil
Iberia Express Madrid
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík
Iraqi Airways Baghdad, Basra,[42] Najaf
KLM Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Norwegian Air Shuttle[43] Aalborg, Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bergen, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gdańsk, Gran Canaria, Helsinki, Kraków, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Málaga, Munich, Nice, Oslo, Palanga, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pisa, Poznań, Riga, Rome–Fiumicino, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Szczecin, Tel Aviv, Venice
Seasonal: Athens, Bastia, Burgas, Catania, Chania, Dubrovnik, Faro, Malta, Montpellier, Olbia, Santorini (begins 25 June 2021),[44] Sarajevo, Split, Varna
Nouvelair Seasonal: Monastir[45]
Novair[46] Seasonal charter: Chania, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Rhodes, Tenerife–South
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökcen
Seasonal: Antalya
PLAY Reykjavík–Keflavík (begins 22 July 2021)[47]
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia
Ryanair Alicante, Bergamo, Bologna, Budapest, Charleroi, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gdańsk, Kaunas, Kraków, London–Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Naples, Prague, Rome–Ciampino, Thessaloniki, Vienna[48][49]
Seasonal: Corfu (begins 2 July 2021),[50] Liverpool (resumes 1 November 2021),[51] Palma de Mallorca (begins 3 July 2021),[52] Porto, Turin (begins 31 October 2021)[53]
Scandinavian Airlines[54] Aalborg, Aarhus, Aberdeen, Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Beijing–Capital, Bergen, Berlin, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Boston, Brussels, Chicago–O'Hare, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Faro, Frankfurt, Gazipaşa, Gdańsk, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Hanover, Helsinki, Krakow, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Málaga, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Munich, Newark, Nice, Oslo, Palanga, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Poznań, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rome–Fiumicino, San Francisco, Shanghai–Pudong, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tokyo–Haneda (resumes 10 July 2021), Trondheim, Vagar, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Washington–Dulles, Wrocław, Zurich
Seasonal: Bari, Beirut, Biarritz, Catania, Chania, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Florence, Gran Canaria, Larnaca, Lisbon, Miami, Montpellier, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Prague, Pula, Rhodes, Sälen-Trysil, Split, Thessaloniki, Tivat, Tromsø, Venice, Zadar
Seasonal charter: Dalaman,[55] Heraklion,[46] Ioannina[46] Hurghada,[46] Karpathos,[46] Kos,[46] Lemnos,[46] Mytilene,[46] Palma de Mallorca, Preveza/Lefkada,[46] Samos,[46] Santorini,[46] Skiathos,[46] Tirana,[46] Zakynthos
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu,[56] Helsinki (both suspended)[57][58]
Singapore Airlines Rome–Fiumicino (Begins 16 July 2021), Singapore,
Sunclass Airlines[59] Charter: Gran Canaria, Tenerife–South
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Banjul, Chania, Funchal, Gazipaşa, Heraklion, Kos, Larnaca, Palma de Mallorca, Preveza/Lefkada, Rhodes, Sal, Skiathos, Varna
SunExpress Seasonal: Izmir, Konya
Swiss International Air Lines Zurich
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon[60]
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Seasonal: Phuket
Transavia Eindhoven
TUI Airways Seasonal charter: Cancún,[55] Krabi,[55] Phuket,[55]
TUI fly Nordic[55] Seasonal charter: Boa Vista,[55] Sal[55]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Ukraine International Airlines Kyiv–Boryspil
Vueling Barcelona, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Alicante,[61] Málaga,[61] Palma de Mallorca[61]
Widerøe Kristiansand, Sandefjord
Wizz Air Bucharest,[62] Kyiv–Zhuliany, Larnaca,[63] Saint Petersburg, Sarajevo,[64] Skopje, Sofia


DHL Aviation[citation needed] East Midlands, Leipzig/Halle, Madrid, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Emirates SkyCargo[65] Atlanta, Chicago–O'Hare, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Dubai–Al Maktoum, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Mexico City
FedEx Express[66] Paris–Charles de Gaulle
LATAM Cargo Brasil[67] Campinas
West Atlantic[68] Kristiansand


Passenger numbers

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Passenger numbers at Copenhagen Airport[69]
handled[nb 1]
% Change
% Change
200218,253,4460.9266,896 7.6
200317,707,7423.0259,002 3.0
200419,034,5577.5272,512 5.2
200519,980,3015.0268,652 1.4
200620,877,5334.5258,354 3.8
200721,409,8862.5257,587 0.3
200821,529,8570.6264,086 2.5
200919,715,3178.4236,170 10.6
201021,501,4739.1245,635 4.0
201122,725,2845.7253,759 3.3
201223,334,9392.7242,990 4.2
201324,066,9173.1244,933 0.8
201425,627,0936.5251,799 2.8
201526,608,8693.8254,832 1.2
201629,043,2879.2265,784 4.2
201729,177,8330.5259,243 2.5
2018[70]30,298,5313.8266,096 2.6
2019[1]30,256,7030.1263,411 1

Busiest routes

Busiest European routes by passenger traffic (2015)[71]
London Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, Stansted Airport 2,208,994
Oslo Gardermoen Airport, Sandefjord Airport 1,537,226
Stockholm Arlanda Airport 1,465,317
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport 914,698
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly Airport 884,285
Helsinki Helsinki Airport 784,737
Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport 681,752
Berlin Tegel Airport, Schönefeld Airport 636,576
Brussels Brussels National Airport 483,718
Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport 483,471
Bergen Bergen Airport 468,733
ReykjavíkKeflavik Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport 437,514
Rome Fiumicino Airport 428,777
Munich Munich Airport 413,346
Zürich Zurich Airport 410,238
Barcelona El Prat Airport 402,061
Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Airport 381,189
Milan Malpensa Airport 373,903
Málaga Costa del Sol Airport 366,585
Dublin Dublin Airport 315,118
Vienna Schwechat Airport 302,939
Manchester Manchester Airport 299,966
Gothenburg Landvetter Airport 298,277
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport 278,474
Stavanger Stavanger Airport 266,779
Geneva Geneva Airport 248,144
Madrid Madrid–Barajas Airport 248,144
Top 15 busiest intercontinental routes from CPH (2019)[72]
Rank Airport All passengers Change
Operating airlines
1 Doha
Qatar Airways
2 New York–JFK, New York–Newark
Norwegian, Scandinavian Airlines
3 Dubai–International
Emirates, Norwegian
4 Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Norwegian, Thai Airways
5 Beijing–Capital
Air China, Scandinavian Airlines
6 Toronto–Pearson
Air Canada
7 San Francisco
Scandinavian Airlines
8 Tokyo–Narita
Scandinavian Airlines
9 Chicago–O'Hare
Scandinavian Airlines
10 Washington–Dulles
Scandinavian Airlines
11 Shanghai–Pudong
Scandinavian Airlines
12 Singapore
Singapore Airlines
13 Hong Kong
Scandinavian Airlines
14 Delhi
Air India
15 Boston
Scandinavian Airlines
Busiest intercontinental countries by passengers from CPH (2019)[72]
Rank Country Passengers
1 United States
Norwegian, Scandinavian Airlines
2 Turkey
Turkish Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress, TUI fly Nordic, Sunclass Airlines, Jet Time, Danish Air Transport
3 China
Scandinavian Airlines, Air China, Sichuan Airlines
4 Qatar
Qatar Airways
Emirates, Norwegian
6 Thailand
Thai Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, Norwegian
7 Canada
Air Canada
8 Egypt
Scandinavian Airlines, EgyptAir, Norwegian, Air Cairo, Danish Air Transport, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia
9 Japan
Scandinavian Airlines
10 Singapore
Singapore Airlines
11 India
Air India
12 Morocco
Norwegian, Air Arabia Maroc, Royal Air Maroc
13 Lebanon
Middle East Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines
14 Israel
15 Jordan
Royal Jordanian, Norwegian Air Shuttle
16 Iraq
Iraqi Airways
17 Pakistan
Pakistan International Airlines
18 Dominican Republic
TUI Airways
19 Tunisia
20 The Gambia
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia
21 Mexico
TUI Airways
22 Vietnam
TUI Airways
23 Mauritius
TUI Airways
Busiest domestic routes by passenger traffic (2016)[71]
Aalborg Aalborg Airport 890,706
Bornholm Bornholm Airport 256,913
Aarhus Aarhus Airport 194,782
Billund Billund Airport 151,201
Karup Midtjyllands Airport 148,508

Other facilities

The SAS traffic office resides at Copenhagen Airport South and in Dragør, Dragør Municipality together with a VIP-terminal. The VIP-terminal is actually the first terminal building, from the 1920s. It was moved about 2 km during the 1990s.

In 2015, Boeing opened a maintenance, repair, and operations facility at CPH, as proximity to daily operations is more important than high wages when checks have to be made every 1,000 flight hours.[74]

Ground transport

Within the airport area, special airport buses depart every 15 minutes. The bus line connects all terminals and parking lot areas and uses in all 11 bus stops. The transport is free of charge for all. During a few night hours, the buses depart every 20 minutes instead.[75]


Train towards Copenhagen Central Station at the Copenhagen Airport train station

The airport's station is located underneath Terminal 3 on the Øresund Railway Line.

  • The station is served by trains operated by DSB Øresund as part of the Øresundståg service. These trains, running as local services between Copenhagen city centre and Helsingør, have a dense stopping pattern inside Denmark. Øresundståg also operates regional and intercity trains to destinations across the south of Sweden: Malmö, Gothenburg, Kalmar, Karlskrona, and Kristianstad.
  • DSB, the Danish national rail operator, have InterCity and InterCityExpress trains calling at this station. Domestic destinations include Esbjerg, Aarhus, Aalborg and Sønderborg. DSB additionally runs trains to border cities of Germany and Sweden, such as Flensburg (Germany) and Ystad (Sweden), where a ferry connects the station to the Danish island of Bornholm.
  • Swedish SJ runs several high-speed trains with daily departures between Copenhagen central station (København H) and Stockholm central station (Stockholm C) and Gothenburg (Göteborg). These trains all call at the Copenhagen Airport station (København Lufthavn/Kastrup).


Line M2 of the Copenhagen Metro links the airport with the city centre in around 15 minutes. The Metro station is two floors above the underground rail station and continues on elevated tracks until it goes underground after 5 stations. The metro trains run very frequently, in rush hours every four minutes, outside rush hours and on weekends every six minutes, and every 15/20 minutes at night.


  • Movia buses 5C, 35, 36 and Gråhundbus line 999 all stop at the airport; bus 888, express-bus to Jutland, also stops at the airport. Movia bus 2A stops near the airport. There are long-distance buses to Sweden and Norway operated by Swebus: 820 to Oslo via Gothenburg and 832 to Uppsala via Stockholm. GoByBus and Bus4You also operate the same routes.
  • The E20 motorway runs right by the airport. The E20 uses the toll road Øresund Bridge to Sweden. The airport has 8,600 parking spaces.

Incidents and accidents

A Douglas Dakota, similar to the KLM aircraft that crashed in 1947
  • 26 January 1947 (1947-01-26): Douglas Dakota (DC-3), PH-TCR of KLM crashed after takeoff from Copenhagen, killing all 22 on board, including Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden (father of present king Carl XVI Gustaf) and American singer and actress Grace Moore. The delayed KLM flight from Amsterdam had landed at Copenhagen for a routine stop before continuing to Stockholm. Soon after the Douglas DC-3 aircraft took off, it climbed to an altitude of about 50 metres (150 feet), stalled, and plummeted nose-first to the ground where it exploded on impact. The investigation showed that the crash had been caused by a forgotten elevator gust lock. Short of time, the captain never performed his checklist and took off not realising the lock was still in place. See 1947 KLM Douglas DC-3 Copenhagen accident.
  • 17 November 1957 (1957-11-17): Vickers Viscount G-AOHP of British European Airways crashed at Ballerup after the failure of three engines on approach to Copenhagen Airport. The cause was a malfunction of the anti-icing system on the aircraft.[76]
  • 28 August 1971 (1971-08-28): a Malév Ilyushin Il-18, HA-MOC crashed into the sea while executing an instrument approach. The main cause of the accident was microburst, a particularly dangerous and unpredictable meteorological phenomenon. 23 passengers and the crew of nine died. Two passengers survived. The captain of the plane was World War II flying ace of the Royal Hungarian Air Force, Dezső Szentgyörgyi. He was due to retire in less than three weeks.

In fiction

Copenhagen airport is used in several Danish and other Scandinavian films. The American-German 1971 Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn film Dollars unfolds mainly at Hamburg, but a part of the film takes place also here. Dawn Divine (portrayed by Goldie Hawn) tails a man to Copenhagen in order to establish whether he is a crook, and all scenes in Copenhagen unfold at the airport.

See also


  1. Number of passengers including domestic, international and transit


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