Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen Airport Airlines

Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport

Perhaps the most striking thing about Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport (CPH) is that, despite being the busiest and most significant air traffic centre in the Nordic region, it is still a calming, well-designed space without the hustle and bustle of other airports.

Situated just outside the small suburban town of Kastrup on the island of Amager, the old yet fully modern airport sees 60 000 passengers pass through its doors each day. When it opened in 1925, Kastrup was one of the world’s first civilian airports and has since been regularly upgraded in order to grow alongside other major industry players.

Designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and inaugurated at the end of 2010, the terminal called CPH Go is about more than just space.

Up to 90% of passengers will ultimately check themselves in, and planes will be disembarked, refueled and boarded again within 30 minutes. Maximizing efficiency also extends to energy: the CPH Go area uses only a quarter of the power of the rest of the airport.

 

 

Although Kastrup is a large international airport, its huge terminal buildings somehow retain the unhurried, homely feeling of a Copenhagen cafe

The main edifice has the ambience of a sophisticated shopping centre, with shops offering such global clothing brands as Gucci and H&M, along with items by the famed Danish design outlet Illums Bolighus. Additional amenities such as soft lighting, WiFi and good old-fashioned peace and quiet make this shopping hall a pleasant place to bide your time between flights.

Another impressive feature of the airport is its connectivity. After a short walk to the end of Terminal 1, you can take the train to central Copenhagen in around 12 minutes, to Malmö in Sweden – heading panoramically across the Øresund bridge – in 20 minutes and to Stockholm in just four hours. You can also hop on the smooth, driverless Metro to reach the city centre, as trains arrive every few minutes and serve all the major destinations in the city, including Nørreport station and Kongens Nytorv Square near the Nyhavn Canal, as well as the Strøget shopping street.

CPH is 8 km away from the city centre

Opened in 1925 Dane Vilhelm Lauritzen, whose company led the modern expansion of the airport, designed an additional terminal that was completed in 1939. It is still known as a landmark piece of architecture in terms of 20th-century Nordic functionalism

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