Norwegian opens base at Billund Airport
Billund Airport can confirm that Europe’s third largest low-cost airline, Norwegian, opened a new base at the airport on 1 April, stationing a 186-seat 737-800. With this commitment to the airport, Norwegian will open-up eight new destinations. Four of the routes that the carrier will launch, namely Malaga (launched 1 April), Palma de Mallorca (launches 6 May), Ponta Delgada (7 May) and Faro (11 May) will be flown as scheduled services, while the following four destinations of Chania (5 May), Zante (6 May), Rhodes (10 May) and Kos (16 May) will be flown on behalf of Bravo Tours, one of the largest travel agencies in Denmark.
“It is fantastic news that one of Europe’s biggest airlines is basing an aircraft at Billund,” comments Jan Hessellund, CEO, Billund Airport. “As an airport which serves seven cities in West Denmark, we are ecstatic that we are now able to offer more choice to the 2.3 million people in our catchment that will be looking to book a 2019 summer holiday.” Adding further comment, Hessellund states: “With the unfortunate demise of Primera Air last summer, one of the airport’s long-serving airlines, it’s great to see that Norwegian has managed to fill the gap and discover the potential that Billund Airport’s catchment has to offer.” Norwegian’s new operation will add 14 extra weekly departures and contribute over 5,200 weekly two-way seats to the Billund market this summer.
Scheduled flights to Malaga will operate twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays, before growing to a four times weekly service from 6 May when Wednesday and Sunday rotations will be added. Palma de Mallorca services will operate on Mondays and Fridays, while Faro sees a Saturday departure and Ponta Delgada being flown on Tuesdays. Operating for Bravo Tours, Chania will see three weekly flights on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, giving customers options for 7, 10, 11 and 14-night breaks in Crete, while Zante (Mondays), Kos (Thursdays) and Rhodes (Fridays) will all see a weekly service.
Norwegian, which carried 36.97 million passengers in the 12-month period ending 30 November 2018, has been operating from Billund since 2010. Presently serving the airport from Oslo Gardermoen on a year-round basis, the carrier also operates summer-seasonal services to Alicante and Barcelona. It means that in 2019 Norwegian will fly to seven scheduled destinations from Billund, as well as the four destinations on behalf of Bravo Tours.
Notes for Editors
- Billund Airport opened in 1964 in an old hangar with a single control tower and a 1,660m runway.
- Today, the international airport serves seven cities in West Denmark from a terminal designed to handle up to 7 million passengers per year and has a 3,100m runway.
- 2.3 million people live in Billund Airport’s core catchment.
- Billund Airport welcomed close to 3.4 million passengers in 2017, making it the second busiest in Denmark, flying on the airport’s scheduled and charter services to 100 destinations across 33 countries.
- Passenger traffic growth at Billund Airport in 2018 was 3.9%
Billund Airport’s route developments in 2019 include:
- Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Kiev Zhulyany, 2 March 2019;
- Norwegian four times weekly service to Malaga, 1 April 2019;
- Ryanair four times weekly service to Manchester, 1 April 2019;
- Ryanair three times weekly service to Prague, 2 April 2019.
- Ryanair twice-weekly service to Edinburgh, 4 April 2019;
- Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Krakow, 3 May 2019;
- Norwegian twice-weekly service to Palma de Mallorca, 6 May 2019;
- Norwegian weekly service to Ponta Delgada, 7 May 2019;
- Norwegian weekly service to Faro, 11 May 2019;
- DAT weekly service to Stord, 30 June 2019;
- Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Timisoara, 3 September 2019.
- Lufthansa to introduce fifth daily service to Frankfurt, 31 March 2019;
- airBaltic to introduce a second daily frequency to Riga, 1 April 2019.