Danish government wants Copenhagen Airport to follow in Schipol’s slipstream

Ministers of business and transport team up to unleash Kastrup’s potential

According to a new government growth plan expected to be released this week, Copenhagen Airport in Kastrup will grow in size with a more flexible interpretation of the planning act, Berlingske reports.

Troels Lund Poulsen, the business and growth minister, told Berlingske that the airport, already Denmark’s biggest workplace, has the potential to create even more jobs.

“It’s sensible to make a big strategic analysis. By giving our airports a better regulatory framework we can create more jobs and when Copenhagen can develop then the regional airports in Jutland will also have better possibilities for developing,” he said.

Black belts in stopping development
Poulsen is joined by Hans Christian Schmidt, the transport minister, in developing the strategy. Both have previously served as environment minister and are well aware of the environmental restrictions the planning act imposes.

“As ministers of the environment we had the black belt in stopping development. We’ve got quite a lot of experience with that. But now we want to try something new,” Poulsen said.

“Our airport planning, especially around Copenhagen Airport, stem from the time when Svend Auken [a former Socialdemokraterne leader who served as environment minister from 1993 to 2001 and as energy minister from 1994-2001] decided everything. Now it’s time to do something different. We want more out of Copenhagen Airport and the other airports.”

The two ministers are inspired by the example of Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport and want Copenhagen Airport to serve as a hub, for example for flights to and from India. In 1979 both Schipol and Copenhagen had around 10 million passengers. In 2014 the number to pass through Schipol was 50 million, compared to Copenhagen’s 26 million.