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Airport Billund (Denmark) - Lufthavn

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Billund Airport
Billund Lufthavn
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°4425N 009°0907E / 55.74028°N 9.15194°E / 55.74028; 9.15194Coordinates: 55°4425N 009°0907E / 55.74028°N 9.15194°E / 55.74028; 9.15194
Website bll.dk
Map
BLL
Location in Denmark
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,100 10,172 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 3.375.363
Source: AIP[1]

Billund Airport (Danish: Billund Lufthavn) (IATA: BLL, ICAO: 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. Nearby Legoland Billund park is the largest tourist attraction in Denmark outside Copenhagen.

History

Billund Airport had its beginning in 1961 when the son of the founder of the Lego Group, 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 built, 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%).

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

Capabilities

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 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

Passenger

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Billund:[2]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Kalamata
airBaltic Riga
Air Cairo Sharm el-Sheikh
Air France ParisCharles de Gaulle
Atlantic Airways Vágar
Seasonal charter: Innsbruck (begins 16 December 2018)[3]
BH Air Seasonal charter: Burgas
Braathens Regional Aviation Charter: Odense, RomeFiumicino
British Airways Bergen, Düsseldorf, LondonCity, LondonHeathrow, Manchester, OsloGardermoen
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Charter: Burgas
Danish Air Transport Bornholm
Seasonal charter: Cagliari, Kithira, Sharm El Sheikh
Corendon Dutch Airlines Charter: Rimini
Finnair Helsinki
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Icelandair Seasonal: ReykjavikKeflavík
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Alghero, Gran Canaria, Larnaca, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Sal, TenerifeSouth
KLM Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines WarsawChopin (begins 2 July 2018)[4]
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Alicante, Barcelona, OsloGardermoen
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Primera Air Málaga
Seasonal: Almería,[citation needed] Antalya, Athens, Chania, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria La Palma, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Ponta Delgada, Rhodes, TenerifeSouth, Varna
Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Kos
Ryanair Alicante, BerlinSchönefeld,[5] Budapest, LondonStansted, Málaga, Pozna
Seasonal: Athens, Bergamo, Chania,[6] Girona, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, RomeCiampino
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Antalya, Cancún, Chania, Colombo, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Kos, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Palma de Mallorca, Punta Cana, Rhodos, Sharm el-Sheikh, TenerifeSouth
TUI fly Nordic Charter: Gran Canaria, Phuket
Turkish Airlines IstanbulAtatürk
Widerøe Bergen (begins 25 June 2018)[7]
Wizz Air Bucharest, ClujNapoca, Gdask, Iai,[8] Tuzla, Vilnius, Vienna (begins 16 November 2018),[9] WarsawChopin
Cargo
Airlines Destinations
ASL Airlines Belgium Liège
DHL Aviation Leipzig/Halle

Ground transport

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

References

External links

Media related to Billund Airport at Wikimedia Commons


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