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
Hub for SUN-AIR
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 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 (2015)
Passengers 2.899.367
Source: AIP[1]

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

History[edit]

Billund Airport had its beginning in 1961 when the founder of LEGO, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, established a private 800-meter long runway and hangar north of his factory in Billund. With Christiansen as a key driver, more of the neighbouring municipalities were included in the group of owners, and it was planned that the airport should be expanded to a regular public airport.

The construction of the new airport was carried out during 1964 and the airport opened on 1 November, with one runway at 1660 meters in length and 45 meters width, a small platform where aircraft could be served, and a control tower to the controller. Hans Erik Christensen, the former chief pilot at LEGO became director, and the passengers were handled in LEGO's hangar until the first terminal building was opened in the spring of 1966. The airport was continuously expanded the following years, with new facilities, terminal buildings, lounge, tax-free area and hangars where LC Johansen's studio often participated as an architect (today called the Johannsen Architects), while other work was carried out by the airport's own studio.

In 1997 they had an architectural competition for a new 430,000 ft² (40,000 m²) passenger terminal, designed to serve 3.5 million passengers a year, north of the original airport. KHR Architects won the assignment and completed the construction in co-operation with COWI, and at the end of May 2002 the new passenger terminal was put to use, as the first phase of the future expansion, which is scheduled to take place north of the start and runway, while air cargo services, business and private aviation will continue to be served from the existing buildings south of the runway. In connection with this expansion, the largest since the beginning of the airport, it was with effect from 1 January 1997 turned into a Joint-stock company, Billund Airport A/S, with the former members Vejle County and municipalities Vejle, Kolding, Grindsted, Billund, and Give as shareholders.

In 2008, the entire runway was renovated and paved, and a new taxiway was build, nicknamed "Mike". This major task only took 14 hours. The runway was closed over night between the hours 23:00 and 06:00. This did not prevent a Boeing 737-800 from Ryanair landing at one end of the runway, while they worked at the other end. The same year was also a record year for the airport. 2,546,856 passengers passed through the terminals, an increase of 12.7 percent compared with 2007.

From mid-2009, the airport was served by 9 airlines flying regular flight service, of which KLM had the busiest route with over 200,000 annual passengers to Amsterdam Schiphol. In 2011, Ryanair announced that Billund Airport with effect from 25 March 2012 would be the base for two Boeing 737 aircraft. At the same time Ryanair published 5 new routes, so that, from the summer of 2012, they would fly to 19 destinations.

From 1 January 2007 the owners are: Vejle Municipality (34.3%), Kolding Municipality (25.9%), Billund Municipality (15%), Horsens Municipality (10.7%), Fredericia Municipality (6.9%), Hedensted Municipality (6.1%), Brande Municipality (1.0%) and Skanderborg Municipality (0.1%).

Miniature Lego model of Billund airport

In 2014 LEGO produced a special Lego Architecture kit, which could only be bought in the departure hall of the airport.

Capabilities[edit]

The airport handles an average of more than two millions passengers a year, and millions of pounds of cargo. The airport's main runway can handle airliners as large as the Boeing 747, although most passengers arrive on smaller aeroplanes, such as ATR-42s, Boeing 737s and Boeing 757s. Boeing 747 activity at this airport is almost exclusively limited to cargo flights.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Kalamata (begins 16 May 2016)[2]
airBaltic Riga
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel (begins 1 May 2016)[3]
Air Berlin
operated by Darwin Airline
Berlin-Tegel (ends 30 April 2016)[3]
Air Cairo Sharm el-sheikh
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Atlantic Airways Bergen, Vágar
British Airways London-Heathrow (begins 3 May 2016)[4]
British Airways
operated by SUN-AIR
Bergen, Brussels, Düsseldorf, London-City, Manchester, Munich, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger
Brussels Airlines
operated by Flybe
Brussels[5]
Czech Airlines Prague[6]
Danish Air Transport Esbjerg, Stavanger, Stord
Seasonal: Bornholm,[7] Naples[8]
Finnair
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
Helsinki (begins 4 April 2016)[9]
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavik-Keflavík
KLM Amsterdam
KLM
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Barcelona, Oslo-Gardermoen
Seasonal: Alicante
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Primera Air Reykjavik-Keflavík
Ryanair London-Stansted, Málaga
Seasonal: Alicante, Bergamo, Budapest, Girona, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino
Scandinavian Airlines1 Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Málaga, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Bergen, Gazipasa, Nice, Split
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca (begins 23 July 2016),[10] Gdańsk, Vilnius[11]
Notes

^1 Some flights operated by Braathens Regional, Cimber or Jet Time.

Charter[edit]

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

Airlines Destinations
Air Cairo Sharm el-Sheikh
BH Air Seasonal: Burgas
Bulgaria Air Burgas
Corendon Dutch Airlines Rimini
Danish Air Transport Cagliari
Seasonal: Kithira
Finnair Helsinki
Freebird Airlines Antalya
Jetairfly St. Croix
Jet Time Alghero, Aqaba, Larnaca (begins 18 April 2016), 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
Privilege Style St. Croix
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, Larnaca, 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]

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 Aarhus 98 kilometres (61 mi). There are airport buses to Horsens, Skanderborg and Aarhus. Eight additional bus services operate from the airport. 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.

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://airlineroute.net/2015/11/02/a3-klx-s16/
  3. ^ a b airberlin.com - Flightplan / GDS retrieved 16 December 2015
  4. ^ "British Airways Adds London Heathrow - Billund Route from May 2016". Airlineroute.net. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Brussels Airlines launches six new destinations next summer season". Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Czech Airlines Launches Connections to Seven New Destinations in 2015 Summer Season". Czech Airlines. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ny sommerrute fra Billund til Bornholm". Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "27 nye flyruter fra Danmark (opd.)". Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.check-in.dk/finnair-aabner-fra-billund-til-helsinki
  10. ^ "Billund får rute til Transsylvanien". Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  11. ^ ""Air Lituanicos" keleivius "Wizz Air" prideda dvi naujas kryptis į Stokholmą ir Bilundą". Wizz Air. 26 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Billund Airport at Wikimedia Commons