Europe’s third-largest low-cost airline, Norwegian, opened its latest base at Billund Airport in Denmark on 1 April.
“It is fantastic news that one of Europe’s biggest airlines is basing an aircraft at Billund,” commented Jan Hessellund, CEO, Billund Airport.
A 186-seat 737-800 will be stationed at the base; with Norwegian opening up eight new destinations. Four of the routes: Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Ponta Delgada and Faro will be flown as scheduled services, while Chania, Zante, Rhodes and Kos will be flown on behalf of Bravo Tours, one of the largest travel agencies in Denmark. Norwegian’s new operation will add 14 extra weekly departures and contribute over 5,200 weekly two-way seats to the Billund market this summer.
“As an airport which serves seven cities in West Denmark, we are ecstatic that we are now able to offer more choice to the 2.3 million people in our catchment that will be looking to book a 2019 summer holiday,” Hessellund added. “With the unfortunate demise of Primera Air last summer, one of the airport’s long-serving airlines, it’s great to see that Norwegian has managed to fill the gap and discover the potential that Billund Airport’s catchment has to offer,” he continued.
Norwegian, which carried 36.97 million passengers in the 12-month period ending 30 November 2018, has been operating from Billund since 2010. Presently serving the airport from Oslo Gardermoen on a year-round basis, the carrier also operates summer-seasonal services to Alicante and Barcelona. It means that in 2019 Norwegian will fly to seven scheduled destinations from Billund, as well as the four destinations on behalf of Bravo Tours.