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Billund Airport sets new records and seeks new opportunities

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Billund Airport, the principal international gateway in West Denmark, reported a 7% increase in passenger numbers in 2023, setting a new record. This growth is attributed to the rapid rebound of the business traveller segment, which fully recovered by October of the previous year.

Jesper Klausholm, the Director of Airline Relations at Billund Airport, highlighted the strategic position of the airport in the heart of Denmark’s innovative production sector. For many blue-collar workers, travelling to sites like windmills or other production facilities, which cannot be managed remotely, has been essential. The airport’s network carriers have promptly responded to this need, with 13 hubs currently served, underlining the critical role of business travellers in sustaining flight occupancy.

In response to the growing demand, several airlines have increased their operations at Billund Airport. KLM introduced a sixth daily flight to Amsterdam this summer, and LOT now offers 10-weekly services between Billund and Warsaw. Lufthansa has incorporated Billund into its Airbus rotation on the Munich route, and Finnair has scheduled daily flights between Helsinki and Billund during the summer months.

Moreover, airBaltic launched a new direct service from Tallinn to Billund on 2 May, enhancing connectivity and creating a dual hub opportunity alongside its existing Riga – Billund route.

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Networking and route development

The recent Routes Europe event in Aarhus brought numerous delegates through Billund’s terminals, providing a valuable opportunity for the airport to host both existing and potential airline partners. The route development team at Billund Airport is actively pursuing new opportunities, including establishing a connection with a Middle Eastern hub to meet the high demand from West Danish travel agents.

Additionally, the team is exploring possibilities to expand into more European and North African destinations. Cities such as Trondheim (TRD), Stavanger (SVG), Bilbao (BIO), Athens (ATH), Lisbon (LIS), Nice (NCE), Naples (NAP), Florence (FLR), and Marrakesh (RAK) are currently on their strategic agenda.

Billund Airport’s continued focus on enhancing its network and services has underscored its important role in facilitating both business and leisure travel, driving economic growth in West Denmark.

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