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Billund Airport

Billund Lufthavn
Airport typePublic
OperatorBillund Lufthavn A/S
ServesSouthern Denmark
LocationBillund Municipality, Denmark
OpenedNovember 1, 1964 (1964-11-01)
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL247 ft / 75 m
Coordinates55°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
Location in Denmark
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,100 10,172 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers3,506,200 3.7% [1]
Source: AIP[2]

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[2] of Billund, it serves as one of the country's busiest air cargo centres, as well as a charter airline destination. Most major european airports are connected to Billund via multiple daily scheduled flights. Nearby Legoland Billund park is the largest tourist attraction in Denmark outside Copenhagen.


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.

A new terminal is slated for opening in the fall of 2019.[3] It cost more than 100 million Danish kroner.


The airport handles an average of more than three 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-72s, Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s. Boeing 747 activity at this airport is almost exclusively limited to cargo flights.

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Billund:[4]

airBaltic Riga
Air France ParisCharles de Gaulle
Atlantic Airways Vágar
Seasonal charter: Fuerteventura,[5] Innsbruck,[6] Samos[5] Zakynthos[5]
Braathens Regional Aviation Seasonal charter: Varna[7]
British Airways Düsseldorf, LondonCity, LondonHeathrow, Manchester, OsloGardermoen
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Seasonal charter: Burgas[8]
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal: Chania, Rhodes
Danish Air Transport Stord
Seasonal: Bornholm
Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[9]
Finnair Helsinki
Icelandair Seasonal: ReykjavikKeflavík
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Almería,[7] Antalya,[10] Burgas,[10] Chania,[10] Dalaman,[10] Gran Canaria,[10] Hurghada,[10] Ioannina (begins 1 June 2020),[5] Kos (begins 4 June 2020),[5] Larnaca,[10] Preveza/Lefkada (begins 1 June 2020),[5] Rhodes,[10] Samos[10]
KLM Amsterdam
Lauda Vienna[11]
LOT Polish Airlines WarsawChopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Alicante, Bergen (begins 18 June 2020),[12] Copenhagen, Faro, Gran Canaria, Málaga, OsloGardermoen, Ponta Delgada, Stavanger (begins 19 June 2020)[12]
Seasonal: Barcelona
Seasonal charter: Lanzarote[5]
Novair Seasonal charter: Chania,[5] Fuerteventura,[5] Gran Canaria,[10] Hurghada,[5] TenerifeSouth[5]
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Ryanair Alicante, BerlinSchönefeld, Budapest, Dublin, Edinburgh, LondonStansted, Málaga, Manchester, Pozna, Prague
Seasonal: Athens, Bergamo, Chania, Girona, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, RomeCiampino
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda
Seasonal charter: Heraklion,[5] Palma de Mallorca[5]
Sunclass Airlines Charter: Gran Canaria,[7] TenerifeSouth[7]
Seasonal charter: Antalya,[7] Chania,[7] Heraklion,[7] Larnaca,[7] Palma de Mallorca,[7] Phuket,[7] Rhodes[7]
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Widerøe Bergen
Wings of Lebanon Beirut
Wizz Air Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Gdask, Iai, Kraków, KievZhuliany, Sofia (begins 3 June 2020),[13] Timioara, Tuzla, Vienna, Vilnius, WarsawChopin
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. A rail link to Billund via the airport is currently In planning stages.

See also


  1. ^ https://www.bll.dk/en-en/statistikker/2018
  2. ^ a b "EKBI Billund" (PDF). AIP Denmark. Copenhagen: Trafikstyrelsen/Danish Transport Authority. 28 June 2012. part AD 2 EKBI. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  3. ^ https://jyllands-posten.dk/#ia11551519;finans
  4. ^ billund-airport.com - Timetables retrieved 26 February 2017
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Flight". apollorejser.dk.
  6. ^ https://www.innsbruck-airport.com/media/17251/Linie_Charter_Winter_2017_18_D.3716849.pdf[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Flight". spies.dk.
  8. ^ "Bulgaria Air adds new scheduled charter routes in S19". routesonline.com. 28 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Sharm El Sheikh". atlantisrejser.dk. 30 January 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Only Flight". tui.dk.
  11. ^ Liu, Jim. "Lauda W19 new routes as of 18OCT19". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  12. ^ a b Liu, Jim. "Norwegian S20 Short-Haul network additions". Routesonline. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  13. ^ https://seenews.com/news/wizz-air-to-launch-two-new-routes-from-sofia-in-june-685421

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