Ryanair builds up Danish presence with new base in Billund

Do I look like a brick in this? MOL finds Billund's LEGO associations irresistible while Jesper Klausholm, Billund Airport’s Marketing Manager, also gets a Christmas cuddle from the tactile Ryanair CEO watched by Elina Hakkarainen, Ryanair’s Sales & Marketing Executive Nordics & Baltics. (Photos: Jonas Kunzendorf - JK|M@rketing)

Billund Airport in Denmark has been selected as Ryanair’s 48th base, which means that from next March, two 737-800s will be stationed at the airport. Ryanair first started flying to Denmark’s second busiest airport (it handled 2.6 million passengers in 2010) from its base in Pisa in November 2006. Since then, it has started 20 further routes from the airport, of which 14 are currently active. Destinations that failed to deliver and have since been axed are Birmingham, Brindisi, Dublin, Frankfurt Hahn (which lasted for just nine weeks from November 2006 to January 2007), Madrid, Marseille and Valencia. The 14 routes that were served this summer are summarised in the following table.

Country Airport served (Start date, weekly frequency in July 2011)
Italy Alghero (3 Jun 09, 2), Milan Bergamo (16 Jan 08, 3), Pisa (1 Nov 06, 2), Rome Ciampino (17 Nov 09, 3), Trapani (6 May 10, 2)
Malta Malta (21 May 10, 2)
Portugal Faro (2 Apr 10, 2)
Spain Alicante (5 Dec 07, 5), Girona (31 Oct 07, 3), Malaga (22 Jun 10, 3), Palma de Mallorca (27 Mar 11, 2), Tenerife Sur (18 Feb 11, 2)
UK Edinburgh (5 Nov 08, 3), London Stansted (29 Oct 07, 14)
Source: anna.aero LCC history database, OAG Max Online for w/c 11 July 2011

During July, these 14 routes generated 48 weekly departures of which 17 were to the UK, 15 were to Spain and 12 were to destinations in Italy. Eight of these routes are currently operated only during the summer season with Alicante, Girona (Barcelona), London Stansted, Malaga, Rome Ciampino and Tenerife Sur the only year-round destinations at present (with a total of 26 weekly departures this month, of which 16 are to London).

Five new routes starting in March including four new country markets

The airline has announced that as a result of basing two aircraft in Billund, it will launch five new routes from the airport. These are Carcassonne (France), Corfu (Greece), Krakow (Poland), Venice Treviso (Italy) and Zadar (Croatia). Carcassonne, Venice and Zadar will all be served twice-weekly, Krakow with three weekly flights and Corfu just weekly. All of these airports are already served by Ryanair from a variety of its other bases across Europe. Assuming that the existing routes maintain their weekly frequencies for summer 2012, the creation of a base in Billund will see weekly departures increase by 21% from 48 per week to 58.


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