Recognising the opportunity to further develop air services and connectivity, particularly in the low-fares and long-haul markets, Macquarie actively supported plans designed to prepare the airport for further growth.
Aiming to strengthen its position as the largest airport in Northern Europe2, Macquarie and its co-shareholders embarked on a major investment programme designed to upgrade and expand Copenhagen Airport’s operational and commercial infrastructure.
Terminal facilities were reconfigured and expanded, with the opening of an enlarged airside retail area, the construction of a new central security facility, and the installation of an upgraded baggage handling system.
Seeing the opportunity to attract inter-European low-cost carriers, Macquarie was instrumental in delivering Copenhagen Airport’s newly constructed low-cost pier facility in 2010, branded CPH Go. These works were soon followed by investment in check-in and capacity enhancements to facilitate long-haul aircraft. This included the expansion of Pier C – adding new gates, lounges and passenger bridges – as well as the widening of the airport’s 3.3-kilometre runway to accommodate the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380.
Recognising that it had a responsibility to reduce its environmental footprint, in 2012 the airport set itself the goal of cutting energy consumption by 20 per cent by the end of the decade.3 Through a range of efficiency measures and a DKK 20 million investment in heat pump technology, the airport achieved this ambitious target three years earlier than planned. The airport also installed its first commercial electric vehicle charging points in 2017, helping airport users to reduce their emissions.