I recently had the opportunity to spend some time at the Copenhagen International Airport (CPH) due to a flight delay, so I decided to explore it and its two Priority Pass lounges.
The Copenhagen Airport
The Copenhagen airport (danish: Kobenhavns Lufthavn) is the largest international airport in Scandinavia. It has two terminals, Terminal 2 and 3. I’m not sure what happened to Terminal 1. It is a medium-sized airport with a simple and straightforward terminal layout. The Copenhagen airport is clean and spaciously designed, with a very modern, almost futuristic style. Orientation is easy due to well labeled terminal maps. All gates are arranged by destinations (domestic, Schengen, other EU countries/international). In any case, when arriving at the airport you will exit CPH through Terminal 3. From there you will find a variety of public transportation options, ranging from metro, to train, bus and taxi, in addition to your typical airport rental car booths (Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, Budget and Enterprise).
Inside the airport, you’ll enjoy complimentary Wifi throughout. You will need to provide your email address and country of origin in order to log in. Alternatively, you have dedicated Wifi inside one of the airport lounges. I also found a Boingo hotspot, but wasn’t able to connect to it. As far as dining and shopping opportunities, CPH offers a number of restaurants, pubs, and cafes, as well as a fairly decent selection of shops, enough to satisfy any sudden shopping crave one might experience.
Transit and layover
The intuitive layout of the airport makes catching any connecting flight a breeze. I’d estimate that the longest stretch in between gates is a 30 minute walk. In addition, the airport’s serene environment facilitates a near stress-free experience. If a layover is unavoidable, this airport is definitely one to consider.
As mentioned earlier, the airport is home to two Priority Pass lounges: The Aviator Lounge and the Aspire Lounge. Both are airside, located inside Terminal 2 and are conveniently positioned behind a huge window front on the second floor, enabling a view of the entire terminal.
This lounge is located immediately after security and is very easy to find. Once inside, you are immediately greeted by welcoming staff. Both lounges accept the digital Priority Pass, so you can leave your plastic card at home. Right after the entrance, there’s already the bar and buffet, offering complimentary snacks and refreshments. The atmosphere was elegant and the lounge enjoyed a more mature clientele. There were bar tables along the window front that doubled as work spaces, which offered a really nice view of the terminal below. Or you could just relax in one of the sofa chairs instead.
The lounge itself was fairly small, but elegant. It was also a bit crowded, probably due to it being the first lounge after the security checkpoint, so I did not spend too much time inside. Also, although not explicitly stated anywhere, due to its more upscale vibe, it is safe to assume that there is some level of dress code enforced.
The Aspire lounge is located just a few short feet past the Aviator lounge and offers a much more spacious alternative to its upscale and contemporary cousin. Despite being also quite modern, this lounge offered a much more relaxed atmosphere, with designs and furniture choices in typical Scandinavian fashion. Think of a higher quality version of Ikea! Its elongated layout provided excellent opportunities for some privacy and I soon found myself on a couch by the window front so I could overlook the terminal. The coffee table in front of me was actually a tree trunk, which I thought was really neat and also cozy. There were also some pillows and a blanket next to me on the couch. I can really see passengers missing their connecting flights in this lounge. The bar offered hot beverages, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, while the buffet offered soup, bread, salad, cold cuts, cookies and a variety of sweets. Nothing too special but it’s great to have a small snack before takeoff. There was no dedicated Wifi inside this lounge, but I found the free airport Wifi to be sufficient. In summary, I really enjoyed this lounge. The atmosphere was calm, cozy and informal. It was just a really good place to spend time. The few extra steps to the Aspire Lounge were really worth the exercise.
Have you been to Copenhagen Airport? What are you mostly looking for in an airport lounge?