Traffic Report April 2006
 Comments from the Airport Manager
Billund Airport, 2006-05-01


2006
 

April
2005
 

Per cent
 

Change

Operations
3,862 4,201 -8.1% -339

Scheduled
1,755 2,202 -20.3% -447

Charter
487 400 21.8% 87

Other traffic
564 625 -9.8% -61

Local traffic
1,056 974 8.4% 82
        
Passengers 137,972 143,036 -3.5% -5,064
        
Domestic, scheduled 9,206 13,160 -30.0% -3,954

Arriving
4,545 6,843 -33.6% -2,298

Departing
4,661 6,317 -26.2% -1,656

Transit/transfer
0 0 - 0
        
International, scheduled 67,924 73,973 -8.2% -6,049

Arriving
33,826 36,956 -8.5% -3,130

Departing
32,934 36,027 -8.6% -3,093

Transit/transfer
1,164 990 17.6% 174
        
Charter 59,512 54,322 9.6% 5,190

Arriving
26,994 26,103 3.4% 891

Departing
26,106 24,897 4.9% 1,209

Transit/transfer
6,412 3,322 93.0% 3,090
        
Other traffic 1,240 1,491 -16.8% -251
Local traffic 90 90 0.0% 0
        
Cargo, in tons 4,336 4,885 -11.2% -549
Import2,289 2,418 -5.3% -129
Export 2,047 2,467 -17.0% -420





Traffic Report January-April 2006 Billund Airport, 2006-05-01

Jan-Apr
2006
 

Jan-Apr
2005
 

Per cent
 

Change

Operations
15,355 14,389 6.7% 966

Scheduled
8,069 8,157 -1.1% -88

Charter
1,895 1,803 5.1% 92

Other traffic
1,943 1,883 3.2% 60

Local traffic
3,448 2,546 35.4% 902
        
Passengers 544,760 551,300 -1.2% -6,540
        
Domestic, scheduled 43,045 49,164 -12.4% -6,119

Arriving
21,138 25,084 -15.7% -3,946

Departing
21,907 24,080 -9.0% -2,173

Transit/transfer
0 0 - 0
        
International, scheduled 270,328 266,452 1.5% 3,876

Arriving
132,600 130,161 1.9% 2,439

Departing
132,980 131,119 1.4% 1,861

Transit/transfer
4,748 5,172 -8.2% -424
        
Charter 226,722 231,185 -1.9% -4,463

Arriving
101,509 109,048 -6.9% -7,539

Departing
101,273 108,931 -7.0% -7,658

Transit/transfer
23,940 13,206 81.3% 10,734
        
Other traffic 4,479 4,409 1.6% 70
Local traffic 186 90 106.7% 96
        
Cargo, in tons 17,264 17,751 -2.7% -487
Import9,054 8,525 6.2% 529
Export 8,210 9,226 -11.0% -1,016



Traffic in Billund in April

Traffic in April was affected by the fact that it was Easter in April this year, while Easter fell in March last year.

At the coming into force of the Summer timetable on March 26 a considerable change has taken place in the traffic pattern in Billund.

As from this day Sterling Airlines stopped the co-operation with international airline companies, which for at number of years has been the cornerstone in Maersk Air’s building up scheduled international traffic from Billund. This co-operation has made it possible to reach most of the world from Billund with just one stop and on one ticket.

But neither Billund Airport nor its many route passengers need despair. Substitution has been found and more is to come.

KLM is now flying 3 times a day from Billund to Amsterdam. Lufthansa partner Cirrus Airlines flies 3 times a day between Billund and Frankfurt, and Cimber flies twice a day between Billund and Munich.

At the same time Sterling continues its scheduled international flights on a number of important destinations: London, Paris, Malaga, Alicante, Mallorca and Rome/Athens have been added with success.

But it is no secret that there have been difficulties in finding seats on the flights in April and that this will continue throughout Summer. The reason is that the capacity to e.g. Amsterdam and Frankfurt without a doubt has been too small. We therefore welcome KLM’s promise that the capacity to Amsterdam will be increased as from the Winter timetable in November. Hereafter there will be 4 daily round trips Billund-Amsterdam.

Cimber opens its new route from Billund to Bergen today.

The decrease in the number of domestic passengers is due to the fact that Sterling on March 25 stopped operating the service from Aalborg to Billund. SUN-AIR took over and operated the service in April but without any chance of success, because the other companies have not been interested in this service and because SUN-AIR’s own routes from Billund do not really have the number of extra seats which would make it interesting for them to operate the Aalborg-route. Therefore SUN-AIR stops on the Aalborg route to Billund in the middle of May.

Charter went up by 9.6 % in April. Everything indicates that also Summer 2006 will be a good Summer for the charter trade.

Apart from the decrease in the number of passengers on the international routes, there were other negative aspects in April. Serving new, large customers has meant new technical equipment, which Billund has not had the optimum experience in operating. This has now and then caused delays. In co-operation with the airline companies we do everything we humanly and technically can to leave these problems behind us.

In connection with this we kindly ask all passengers, who are travelling with KLM to USA, to fill in the form concerning permanent address, temporary address in America etc. prior to travelling. This information is for the American authorities and absolute necessary in order to get entry permit to USA. The form can be found at www.bll.dk . With this information ready to present at the desk, check-in to USA will be quick.

April’s key figures are:

Domestic  - 30.1 %, due to the fact that traffic between Aalborg and Billund went down by more than 3,000 passengers
Scheduled international - 8.2 %
Charter  + 9.6 %
Passengers total - 3.5 %
Cargo  -11.2 %, due to Easter in April

Billund Airport, May 1 2006
Jørgen Krab Jørgensen
Airport Manager, CEO