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
Arriving4,416 5,190 -14.9% -774
Departing4,440 5,031 -11.7% -591
Transit/transfer 0 0 - 0
        
International, scheduled 51,431 48,438 6.2% 2,993
Arriving24,398 24,164 1.0% 234
Departing23,753 23,396 1.5% 357
Transit/transfer 3,280 878 273.6% 2,402
        
Charter 37,310 41,760 -10.7% -4,450
Arriving15,996 17,686 -9.6% -1,690
Departing17,032 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
Arriving70,601 83,029 -15.0% -12,428
Departing67,953 81,017 -16.1% -13,064
Transit/transfer 0 884 -100.0% -884
        
International, scheduled 727,023 656,490 10.7% 70,533
Arriving345,575 320,795 7.7% 24,780
Departing349,490 324,363 7.7% 25,127
Transit/transfer 31,958 11,332 182.0% 20,626
        
Charter 716,378 798,989 -10.3% -82,611
Arriving324,527 367,969 -11.8% -43,442
Departing325,039 369,786 -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