With 24.1 million passengers annually, Copenhagen Airport is the largest airport in the Nordic countries and is also one of the oldest international airports in Europe. It is the main international airport serving Copenhagen, Denmark, the entire Zealand, the Øresund Region, and a large part of southern Sweden. It is located on the island of Amager, 8km (5mi) south of Copenhagen city centre, and 24km (15mi) west of Malmö city centre on the other side of the Øresund Bridge. It lies mainly in the municipality of Tårnby, with a small portion in neighbouring Dragør. The airport handles 60 scheduled airlines and serves more than 62,000 passengers per day.
Where to go
Odense, the unofficial capital and largest city on the island of Funen in Denmark, can be reached by plane from Copenhagen Airport to Odense Airport. The city has a mixture of beautiful streetscapes and lively street life, especially at night, with plenty of shopping opportunities. Having a rich cultural heritage, Odense has Brandts Klædefabrik, its art and cultural centre, which has two museums focusing on all types of media and their history. There’s also Carl Nielsen Museum which honours the classical music composer; Danish Railway Museum, which features dozens of old trains, carriages, and rail road memorabilia; Egeskov Castle, one of the best preserved Renaissance water castles in Europe; and Hans Christian Andersen Museum, dedicated to Odense’s most famous son, author, and poet Hans Christian Andersen.
Just less than two hours away from Copenhagen by plane is Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Known as the “Daughter of the Baltic”, since it was rebuilt by the tsars of Russia along the lines of a miniature St. Petersburg in 1812, Helsinki is an international metropolis city that for some reason, can exude a small-town feel in it. You’d want to visit during summer, when you can go outside and enjoy the sun instead of staying indoors because of the cold. The best place to visit during summer is the mesmerising Suomenlinna, also known as the “Gibraltar of the North”. Built by the Swedish in the mid-1700s, it was once the greatest sea fortress in the Baltic. Since a beautiful archipelago surrounds the city centre, do not miss out on the opportunity to visit other islands like Pihlajasaari, a popular summer spot; Korkeasaari’s Helsinki Zoo, which serves as home to almost 200 different animal species; and Seurasaari Open Air Museum, which is filled with walking trails and authentic old Finnish houses collected from all over Finland.
Singapore can be reached from Copenhagen Airport in roughly between 12-20 hours (depending if it’s a nonstop flight and also on what airline you’re boarding). Since its independence from the British, this city-state rose to prominence as one of the most prosperous countries in the world and boasts the busiest port in the world. Some of the best places to visit in Singapore include Sentosa’s marvellous beaches; Chinatown’s wide array of delicious Chinese meals and treats, Little India for authentic Indian cuisine, Kampong Glam for Malay/Arab dishes, and East Coast for delicious seafood; Bras Basah area, which serves as the colonial core of Singapore and has numerous historical buildings and museums; and nature and wildlife attractions like Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, and the Botanical Gardens.
How to get out
Copenhagen Airport is the main hub of Scandinavian Airlines and an operating base for Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and Norwegian Air Shuttle. Other air carriers that serve the airport are Adria Airways, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Atlantic Airways, British Airways, Emirates, Finnair, Iberia Express, Jet Time, KLM, Ryanair, and Singapore Airlines, among others.
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