Traffic Report December 2003
 Comments from the Airport Manager
Billund Airport, 2004-01-01


2003
 

December
2002
 

Per cent
 

Change

Operations
2,996 2,737 9.5% 259

Scheduled
1,696 1,593 6.5% 103

Charter
287 380 -24.5% -93

Other traffic
455 446 2.0% 9

Local traffic
558 318 75.5% 240
        
Passengers 98,717 101,370 -2.6% -2,653
        
Domestic, scheduled 8,856 10,221 -13.4% -1,365

Arriving
4,416 5,190 -14.9% -774

Departing
4,440 5,031 -11.7% -591

Transit/transfer
0 0 - 0
        
International, scheduled 51,431 48,438 6.2% 2,993

Arriving
24,398 24,164 1.0% 234

Departing
23,753 23,396 1.5% 357

Transit/transfer
3,280 878 273.6% 2,402
        
Charter 37,310 41,760 -10.7% -4,450

Arriving
15,996 17,686 -9.6% -1,690

Departing
17,032 18,410 -7.5% -1,378

Transit/transfer
4,282 5,664 -24.4% -1,382
        
Other traffic 1,120 951 17.8% 169
Local traffic 0 0 - 0
        
Cargo, in tons 2,992 2,733 9.5% 259
Import1,331 1,189 11.9% 142
Export 1,661 1,544 7.6% 117





Traffic Report 2003 Billund Airport, 2004-01-01

Jan-Dec
2003
 

Jan-Dec
2002
 

Per cent
 

Change

Operations
48,827 47,926 1.9% 901

Scheduled
22,009 21,451 2.6% 558

Charter
5,582 6,799 -17.9% -1,217

Other traffic
8,220 8,676 -5.3% -456

Local traffic
13,016 11,000 18.3% 2,016
        
Passengers 1,604,764 1,643,771 -2.4% -39,007
        
Domestic, scheduled 138,554 164,930 -16.0% -26,376

Arriving
70,601 83,029 -15.0% -12,428

Departing
67,953 81,017 -16.1% -13,064

Transit/transfer
0 884 -100.0% -884
        
International, scheduled 727,023 656,490 10.7% 70,533

Arriving
345,575 320,795 7.7% 24,780

Departing
349,490 324,363 7.7% 25,127

Transit/transfer
31,958 11,332 182.0% 20,626
        
Charter 716,378 798,989 -10.3% -82,611

Arriving
324,527 367,969 -11.8% -43,442

Departing
325,039 369,786 -12.1% -44,747

Transit/transfer
66,812 61,234 9.1% 5,578
        
Other traffic 20,826 20,068 3.8% 758
Local traffic 1,983 3,294 -39.8% -1,311
        
Cargo, in tons 39,788 41,703 -4.6% -1,915
Import18,104 16,925 7.0% 1,179
Export 21,684 24,778 -12.5% -3,094



Traffic at Billund Airport in 2003

Taken together the traffic in 2003 did not reach the expected level.

The international scheduled services have shown a fine progress, whereas charter traffic has disappointed. 2003 became the first year in Billund Airport’s history where the number of passengers on the international scheduled services exceeded the number of charter passengers.  

There are 2 reasons for this:
- The airport has continued its positive development in the area of international scheduled traffic, which has increased by 70,000 passengers (10.7%) from 2002 to 2003.
- 2003 was a disappointing year for charter flights from Billund. The number of charter flight passengers in Billund went down by 82,000 from 2002 to 2003 (10.4%).

When it comes to domestic traffic, the decrease in 2003 has been significant with a decline of 26,000 passengers (16%).

Billund Airport expects that the progress of the international scheduled services will continue. Partly by a consolidation of the existing routes to numerous European hubs, partly by new initiatives. Already on January 12, SUN-AIR/British Airways opens a new service between Billund and Düsseldorf with 2 daily departures each way. Apart from this Billund will have services to the following cities this summer: Amsterdam, Bergen, Brussels, Edinburgh, Floroe, Frankfurt, The Faroe Islands, Gothenburg, Kaunas/Palanga, Kristiansand, London, Malaga, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Nice, Oslo, Paris, Stavanger and Stockholm. On the charter area there are clear reports from the charter travel agencies that 2004 will bring growth to Billund. Among the new undertakings are direct holiday flights from Billund to Thailand, and this summer will also bring new destinations about, for instance destinations in the Balkans.

Happy New Year!

Billund, January 2nd, 2004
Jørgen Krab Jørgensen