Copenhagen Airport (CPH) reached a milestone in 2018 with 30.3 million passengers, a 3.8% passenger increase compared to 2017. During the year, 17 routes for new destinations and 19 routes for destinations already served were opened. Eight routes were closed, resulting in net nine additional routes in 2018. Long-haul traffic operations alone grew by 9.6% in 2018, meaning that CPH continued the development as the gateway of Northern Europe with a steadily growing number of passengers and cargo to other parts of the world.
We will continue to focus on expansion, efficiency, operation and safety, and we will sharpen our role in society and sustainability. At the same time, we want to make sustainable travel and transport our next destination.
Our long-term vision is to be carbon neutral. As an airport in growth, it is our view that we have a special responsibility to reduce our CO2 emissions. Reducing our climate impact is an important and integral part of our actions, and our recent climate strategy sets the goal of making CPH CO2 neutral in 2019. By 2030, CPH will be an emission-free airport with emission-free transport to and from the airport, and by 2050 the entire airport will be emission-free.