Denmark’s Billund Airport is to expand its hub connectors to 11 airlines starting on 2 July when LOT Polish Airlines commences operations from its Warsaw Chopin base.

Operating 12 times weekly, the Star Alliance carrier will service the route with a mixture of its E170 and E175 fleet.

“We are proud to welcome LOT to Billund and delighted that it has seen the potential in the West Denmark market,” says Kjeld Zacho Jørgensen, CEO, Billund Airport. “The airline’s schedule provides excellent connectivity to its destinations in Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as all its intercontinental destinations in Asia and North America.”

Indirect traffic from West Denmark to Warsaw has grown by 22% last year. “More than 22,000 Polish people live in our catchment, and 40,000 West Danes visited Poland last year,” adds Zacho Jørgensen. “We also know that the potential demand on LOT’s onward network via its hub to destinations like Beijing, Singapore and New York is around 435,000 passengers per year.”

This new service joins the airports existing link to Chopin, flown twice-weekly by Wizz Air who also operate a three times weekly service to Gdansk, while Ryanair offers twice-weekly flights to Poznan.

Prior to LOT’s announcement, the Polish market was expected to be Billund’s 12th largest country market, offering close to 37,000 seats during S18, as a result of this expansion the country market is anticipated to top 50,000 seats this summer.

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