Thursday, 9 October 2008

Low cost terminal at Copenhagen

Having vetoed a plan for a low cost airport on their own land
, Copenhagen Airports has announced plans to construct a low-cost terminal designed to "provide new opportunities for growth for the airlines during these difficult times and more cheap fares to choose from for the passengers,".

Passenger charges for airlines using CPH SWIFT will be half those applied to carriers using Kastrup's main infrastructure. Airlines wanting to fly SWIFT will have to meet a number of efficiency requirements, including a 30-min. turnaround, while passengers will be expected to check in mainly via the Internet, a mobile phone or at self-service kiosks.

The LCC terminal will be an extension of existing facilities and have six aircraft stands, with an initial capacity of 6 million passengers annually and the potential to double that if the need arises. Passengers will use CPH's central security checkpoint and the existing baggage sorting system, helping to keep construction costs at around DKK200 million ($36.3 million). Construction is expected to commence in early 2009 and operations are expected to start in the summer of 2010.

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