Traffic Report December 2005
 Comments from the Airport Manager
Billund Airport, 2006-01-02


2005
 

December
2004
 

Per cent
 

Change
Operations 3,037 2,906 4.5% 131
Scheduled 1,701 1,779 -4.4% -78
Charter 417 334 24.9% 83
Other traffic 381 359 6.1% 22
Local traffic 538 434 24.0% 104
        
Passengers 119,803 109,677 9.2% 10,126
        
Domestic, scheduled 11,410 10,541 8.2% 869
Arriving6,261 5,412 15.7% 849
Departing5,149 5,129 0.4% 20
Transit/transfer 0 0 - 0
        
International, scheduled 57,619 55,593 3.6% 2,026
Arriving28,503 27,959 1.9% 544
Departing28,072 26,504 5.9% 1,568
Transit/transfer 1,044 1,130 -7.6% -86
        
Charter 50,010 42,642 17.3% 7,368
Arriving21,064 19,717 6.8% 1,347
Departing21,498 20,755 3.6% 743
Transit/transfer 7,448 2,170 243.2% 5,278
Other traffic 764 901 -15.2% -137
Local traffic 0 0 - 0
Cargo, in tons 4,046 3,972 1.9% 74
Import1,956 1,762 11.0% 194
Export 2,090 2,210 -5.4% -120





Traffic Report 2005 Billund Airport, 2006-01-02

Jan-Dec
2005
 

Jan-Dec
2004
 

Per cent
 

Change
Operations 53,671 50,827 5.6% 2,844
Scheduled 24,697 24,223 2.0% 474
Charter 7,504 6,064 23.7% 1,440
Other traffic 7,100 7,784 -8.8% -684
Local traffic 14,370 12,756 12.7% 1,614
        
Passengers 1,980,470 1,849,799 7.1% 130,671
        
Domestic, scheduled 167,534 159,193 5.2% 8,341
Arriving86,193 80,480 7.1% 5,713
Departing81,341 78,713 3.3% 2,628
Transit/transfer 0 0 - 0
        
International, scheduled 869,764 866,129 0.4% 3,635
Arriving425,040 407,625 4.3% 17,415
Departing428,844 411,788 4.1% 17,056
Transit/transfer 15,880 46,716 -66.0% -30,836
        
Charter 924,005 801,653 15.3% 122,352
Arriving441,637 377,738 16.9% 63,899
Departing444,492 379,845 17.0% 64,647
Transit/transfer 37,876 44,070 -14.1% -6,194
Other traffic 16,383 19,947 -17.9% -3,564
Local traffic 2,784 2,877 -3.2% -93
Cargo, in tons 52,103 48,424 7.6% 3,679
Import25,513 22,955 11.1% 2,558
Export 26,590 25,469 4.4% 1,121



Billund Airport at the turn of the year

2005 brought progress to Billund Airport within all categories of traffic.
Taken together the number of passengers went up by 7.1 % to just under 2 mill. – more precisely 1,980,470.

Charter

2005 was a very good year for the charter industry. This is also seen in Billund, where the number of charter passengers went up by 15.3 % to 924,005.

Winter traffic to the Canary Islands leaves its mark on the figures for the whole year.

Top 5 destination countries in 2005 from Billund:

1. Spain (incl. the Canary Islands)
2. Turkey
3. Greece
4. Bulgaria
5. Egypt

Top 10 airports in 2005 from Billund:

1. Antalya (Turkey)
2. Las Palmas (Spain)
3. Chania (Greece)
4. Tenerife (Spain)
5. Palma de Mallorca (Spain)
6. Dalaman (Turkey)
7. Bourgas (Bulgaria)
8. Hurghada (Egypt)
9. Rhodos (Greece)
10. Milas (Turkey)

Summer programs for 2006 show, that the charter companies have Turkey very much in view. During the peak season we expect 40 weekly departures from Billund to 5 different Turkish airports. For the first time there will be direct flights from Billund to Istanbul. Here with 2 weekly departures with Tyrkiet Eksperten.

At this point it seems that there will be 115-120 weekly departures from Billund to a large number of holiday destinations. Almost all major travel agencies offer holiday travels from Billund.

International scheduled

In 2005 Billund Airport had a modest rise of 0.4 % in the number of passengers on the international scheduled services with a total of 869,764 passengers.

The number of international scheduled services came to 28, of which the 10 biggest were:

1. Amsterdam
2. London
3. Paris
4. Frankfurt
5. Oslo
6. Münich
7. Brussels
8. Stockholm
9. Malaga
10. Vagar (the Faroe Islands)

New routes in 2005 are SUN-AIR/British Airways’ services from Billund to Helsinki, Birmingham and Prague.

SUN-AIR and Finnair have via Helsinki really good connections to the Far East.

In addition to this SUN-AIR has direct services to Brussels, Manchester, Oslo, Düsseldorf and Edinburgh.

As from December 2005 DAT has taken over the traffic between Billund and Palanga in Lithuania.

In addition to this DAT has routes to Stavanger and Floroe in Norway.

Already as from January 9 2006 the German company Cirrus – in partnership with Lufthansa – takes over the traffic between Billund and Frankfurt from Sterling Airlines.

On March 26 2006 KLM takes over traffic between Billund and Amsterdam from Sterling Airlines.

Both services provide excellent connections to a very large number of the most important airports in the world.

In the summer program Sterling establishes new services to Rome and Athens.

After the merger with Maersk Air, Sterling is Scandinavia’s largest low cost carrier. From Billund the company will in its summer program have low cost tickets to at least the following destinations: London, Paris, Rome, Athens, Alicante, Malaga and Mallorca.

Cimber Air continues its services to Oslo, Stockholm and Münich.

Domestic

Domestic traffic went up by 5.2 % in 2005 to 167,534 passengers.

As from January 9 2006 Cimber Air takes over the domestic service between Billund and Copenhagen. Cimber has already announced an additional daily departure on this route, and the company offers favourable prices to frequent users of the domestic service.

This summer Cimber will open a new domestic service between Billund and the island of Bornholm. This means a historic first direct connection between Bornholm and Jutland. There will be 3 weekly departures over the weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Cargo

Cargo Center Billund set a milestone in December 2005. It happened when a parcel with imported clothes from China was handled in the Cargo Center. The parcel meant that the airport for the first time ever has handled more than 50,000 tonnes of freight in one year.

The growth is expected to continue in 2006. Hopefully the day is not far away where there will be direct cargo flights between the Far East and Billund.


Billund, January 2 2006
Jørgen Krab Jørgensen
Airport Manager