Billund Airport

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Billund Airport
Billund Lufthavn
Billund Airport from NE.jpg
IATA: BLLICAO: EKBI
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Billund Lufthavn A/S
Serves Southern Denmark
Location Billund Municipality, Denmark
Elevation AMSL 247 ft / 75 m
Coordinates 55°44′25″N 009°09′07″E / 55.74028°N 9.15194°E / 55.74028; 9.15194Coordinates: 55°44′25″N 009°09′07″E / 55.74028°N 9.15194°E / 55.74028; 9.15194
Website www.bll.dk
Map
BLL is located in Denmark
BLL
BLL
Location in Denmark
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,100 10,172 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 2.829.507
Source: AIP[1]

Billund Airport (Danish: Billund Lufthavn) (IATA: BLLICAO: EKBI) located 1 nautical mile (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) northeast[1] of Billund, Denmark, serves as one of Denmark's busiest air cargo centers, as well as a charter airline destination, although some regular airlines also offer flights there.

The proximity of the airport to the Legoland theme park in Billund arguably makes it easier for the airport to attract passengers, and to lure more airlines into operating to the airport. However, the majority of the passengers live in western Denmark, and this is their main airport for international travel.

History[edit]

Check-in area at Billund Airport

With the advent of the jet era, travel to Europe on the rise and such airlines as Air France, BOAC, Iberia, and United States airlines, particularly Pan Am and TWA making international advances, it was decided that an airport was needed in Billund during the 1960s. To build the airport, the Billund Airport Cooperative Society was formed, with the administrative officer of the county of Vejle, A.M. Wamberg, appointed as chairman of the board.

Assigned construction workers spent most of 1964 building the airport. On November 1 of the same year, the airport was inaugurated.

The first airline to have regular flights out of Billund Airport was SAS, with daily domestic operations to Copenhagen. The first international flight took some sailors to a ship waiting for them in Italy.

The first cargo flights began to arrive during the late 1960s. When the Boeing 747s began operating in 1970, cargo airlines from both the Americas and from Asia began to see Billund airport as a good stop-over point for their flights between the United States and the Far East, and vice-versa. Billund airport officials, seeing that the city and the airport would benefit from the extra fees that the newer carriers would have to pay for landing rights, agreed to make Billund a cargo center, and the airport's main runway was expanded in 1971, to 3,100 m (10,171 ft), enough for the largest jet of the era, the aforementioned 747, to land. Other measures, such as preparing the air tower with new technology to accommodate the new flights and busier schedule, were also taken.

Directors at Billund already envisioned non-stop, regular passenger flights to international destinations. But the European Economic Community provided a rather unlikely obstacle, preferring to have only one international airport in Denmark instead.[citation needed] By 1984, however, the EEC officials changed their minds, and Billund airport was finally allowed to have its first regular, non-stop airline service to another country. Maersk Air provided with the first such service, when the airline began a weekly service to Southend, England. Soon after, Concorde, flown by British Airways, made a stop at the airport.

Billund became a hub airport for Maersk Air. Since then, however, the airline was bought and made a part of Sterling Airways, who after bankruptcy where bought by the now bankrupt Cimber Sterling.

With the growth of the city of Billund as a favourite destination among charter passengers, a new terminal became a necessity, and, in 2002, the airport's Terminal Two was opened, which allowed officials to close Terminal One to passengers and turn it into a cargo-only terminal.

On 15 September 2010 a Lufthansa Airbus A380-800 did a flyby at Billund Airport.

On 6 December 2011, Michael O'Leary announced Billund as a future base for Ryanair. The new base started in March 2012. Following the bankruptcy of Malév, Ryanair started flying a new route to Budapest in May 2012.

On 3 May 2012, Cimber Sterling – one of largest operators out from Billund – was declared bankrupt. Shortly after Sun Air announced new routes to Stockholm-Bromma and Oslo, while Skyways announced a route to Stockholm-Arlanda. On 22 May 2012 Skyways was declared bankrupt terminating the new route to Stockholm-Arlanda.

In April 2013, Billund Airport was awarded the 4th best regional airport in the world at 2013 World Airport Awards.

Capabilities[edit]

The airport handles an average of more than two million passengers a year, and millions of pounds of cargo.

The airport's main runway can handle airliners as large as the aforementioned Boeing 747, although most passengers arrive on smaller airplanes, such as ATR-42s, Boeing 737s and Boeing 757s. Boeing 747 activity at this airport is almost exclusively limited to cargo flights.

In the 2011–12, many charter airlines began long-haul operations out of Billund with following destinations: Colombo, Phuket, Sharjah, St. Croix in the winter and Cancún, Punta Cana in the summer. The flights are operated by Boeing 737 to Sharjah, but 767 and A330 are operating the service to the others by Jetairfly, TUIfly Nordic and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled[edit]

Airlines Destinations
airBaltic Riga
Air Lituanica Seasonal: Vilnius (begins 16 June 2014) [2]
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Atlantic Airways Bergen, Vágar
British Airways
operated by Sun Air of Scandinavia
Bergen, Brussels, Düsseldorf, London-City, Manchester, Munich, Oslo-Gardermoen, Zürich
Danish Air Transport Esbjerg, Stavanger, Stord
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavik-Keflavík
KLM Amsterdam
KLM
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Gardermoen
Seasonal: Alicante, Las Palmas
Primera Air Reykjavik-Keflavík
Ryanair Alicante, Bergamo, Budapest, London-Stansted, Málaga, Rome-Ciampino, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Alghero, Carcassonne, Chania, Corfu, Faro, Girona, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Treviso, Zadar
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen
Seasonal: Bergen, Gazipasa, Nice, Split
Scandinavian Airlines
operated by Golden Air
Stockholm-Arlanda
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Phuket (begins 27 December 2014)
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk

Charter[edit]

In addition to above mentioned scheduled flights, several airlines also operates charter flights.

Airlines Destinations
Bulgaria Air Burgas
Corendon Dutch Airlines Rimini
Danish Air Transport Cagliari
Finnair Helsinki
Freebird Airlines Antalya
Jetairfly St. Croix
Jet Time Alghero, Aqaba, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Sal, Taba, Tenerife-South
Malmö Aviation Odense, Rome-Fiumicino
Primera Air Antalya, Hurghada, Bodrum, Eilat-Ovda, Enfidha, Reykjavík-Keflavík, Santorini, Sharjah
SATA International Funchal
SmartLynx Airlines Hurghada
Scandinavian Airlines Antalya, Burgas, Chania, Dalaman, Enfidha, Fuerteventura, Gazipaşa, Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodos, Sharm el-Sheikh
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Antalya, Cancún, Chania, Colombo, Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Kos, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Punta Cana, Rhodos
Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South
TUIfly Nordic Gran Canaria, Phuket

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation Leipzig/Halle
Swiss WorldCargo Zürich
TNT Airways Liège

Ground transport[edit]

Public And Road Transport[edit]

The road distance is to Billund 3 kilometres (2 mi), to Vejle 28 kilometres (17 mi), to Kolding 41 kilometres (25 mi), to Esbjerg 61 kilometres (38 mi) and to Århus 98 kilometres (61 mi). There are airport buses to Horsens, Skanderborg and Århus. Eight additional bus services operate from the airport.

Parking[edit]

There are six parking zones named after countries of the world, USA, Australia, Kenya, Spain, Egypt and Greenland. Three of the zones are connected by a shuttle bus, the other three being within walking distance. There is also a multi-storey carpark next to the terminal which is connected by two walking bridges. A self-service Petrol station is also open 24 hours.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "EKBI – Billund" (PDF). AIP Denmark. Copenhagen: Trafikstyrelsen/Danish Transport Authority. 28 June 2012. part AD 2 – EKBI. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.airlituanica.com/en/about-us/news/air-lituanica-summer-flight-map-to-add-billund-destination/

External links[edit]

Media related to Billund Airport at Wikimedia Commons