Billund Airport in Denmark confirmed that low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, more commonly and simply known as Norwegian, opened a new base at the airport yesterday, April 1, 2019.
The new base stations a 186-seat 737-800. With this commitment to the airport, Norwegian will open-up 8 new destinations. Four of the routes that the carrier will launch, namely Malaga (launched April 1), Palma de Mallorca (launches May 6), Ponta Delgada (May 7) and Faro (May 11) will be flown as scheduled services, while the following 4 destinations of Chania (May 5), Zante (May 6), Rhodes (May 10) and Kos (May 16) will be flown on behalf of Bravo Tours located 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.
Scheduled flights to Malaga will operate twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays, before growing to a four times weekly service from 6 May when Wednesday and Sunday rotations will be added. Palma de Mallorca services will operate on Mondays and Fridays, while Faro sees a Saturday departure and Ponta Delgada being flown on Tuesdays. Operating for Bravo Tours, Chania will see three weekly flights on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, giving customers options for 7, 10, 11 and 14-night breaks in Crete, while Zante (Mondays), Kos (Thursdays) and Rhodes (Fridays) will all see a weekly service.
Norwegian, which carried 36.97 million passengers in the 12-month period ending November 30, 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 7 scheduled destinations from Billund, as well as the 4 destinations on behalf of Bravo Tours.
Passenger traffic rises at FRA and Group airports worldwide
In February 2019, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed more than 4.5
million passengers – an increase of 4.3 percent year-on-year. During
the first two months of the year, FRA achieved passenger growth of
Aircraft movements climbed by 4.7 percent to 36,849 takeoffs and
landings in in the reporting month. Accumulated maximum takeoff
weights (MTOWs) rose by 4.6 percent to almost 2.3 million metric
tons. Reflecting the ongoing slowdown in global trade, cargo
throughput (airfreight + airmail) contracted by 3.4 percent to
161,366 metric tons.
Group airports in Fraport’s international portfolio continued their
positive performance in February 2019. Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in
Slovenia served 105,470 passengers, a gain of 6.3 percent. In
Brazil, combined traffic at Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA)
airports increased by 15.8 percent to 1.2 million passengers.
Fraport’s Greek regional airports recorded overall growth of 13.6
percent to 588,433 passengers. The busiest airports included
Thessaloniki (SKG) with 368,119 passengers (up 24.2 percent), Chania
(CHQ) on the island of Crete with 47,661 passengers (up 19.6
percent), and Rhodes (RHO) with 46,331 passengers (down 13.0
In Peru, Lima Airport (LIM) saw traffic grow by 4.6 percent to some
1.8 million passengers. The two Bulgarian airports of Varna (VAR) and
Burgas (BOJ), combined, recorded a slight gain of 0.9 percent to
61,580 passengers. Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey served 766,068
passengers, up 10.4 percent. Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg,
Russia, grew by 13.5 percent to about 1.1 million passengers. Traffic
at Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China advanced by 6.8 percent to 3.7