Planes crowd airspace

A new control tower has been built at Copenhagen Airport to handle the growing amount of traffic in Danish air space

Air traffic through Denmark has increased over the past five years by a total of 15 percent, according to figures from Naviair, a division of the Transport and Energy Ministry.

'Over the past years, we've had an increase of four percent a year, and we are at the highest level we have ever have been,' said Kurt Andreasen, Naviairs manager of press relations.

After global air travel stalled in the wake of the 11 September terror attacks, steady gains have been recorded. From a low in 1992 of 47,992 planes passing through Danish airspace, air traffic controllers guided 54,145 planes in 2005.

The growing amount of air traffic from the Baltic region contributes significantly to the increase, said Andreasen.

'There is no doubt that the traffic will grow. All across Europe, we expect an increase over the coming 15 to 20 years.'

A new control tower has already been built to handle the increased workload. After a thorough test of its systems, it will be taken into service by the end of 2007.

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