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Norwegian aircraft photographed at Billund in 2017 (photo: Henrik Meisel, BLL)

Norwegian opens base at Billund

The airport’s chief executive champions Norwegian for “filling the gap” left by the demise of Primera Air last year.

Billund Airport has confirmed today, April 2, that Norwegian opened a new base at the airport on April 1, stationing a 186-seat Boeing 737-800 at the central Danish airport.

Europe’s third largest low-cost airline will open-up eight new destinations, in a move that was initially revealed at the end of 2018.

Four of these – Malaga (already launched on April 1), Palma de Mallorca (launches May 6), Ponta Delgada (May 7) and Faro (May 11) – will be flown as scheduled services.

A further four destinations, Chania (launching on May 5), Zante (May 6), Rhodes (May 10) and Kos (May 16), will be flown on behalf of the Danish tour operator Bravo Tours.

“It’s fantastic news that one of Europe’s biggest airlines is basing an aircraft at Billund,” enthuses Jan Hessellund, the airport’s chief executive.

“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 who will be looking to book a summer 2019 holiday.”

He elaborated that “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.”

Norwegian’s new operations will add 14 extra weekly departures and contribute over 5,200 weekly two-way seats to the Billund market this summer, the airport says.

Summertime flights
The scheduled flights to Malaga will be twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays before growing to a four times weekly service from May 6 with Wednesday and Sunday rotations added.

Palma de Mallorca services will operate on Mondays and Fridays, while Faro sees a Saturday departure and Ponta Delgada will be flown on Tuesdays.

Operating for Bravo Tours, Chania will see three weekly flights on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, giving customers options for seven, ten, 11 and 14-night breaks in Crete, while Zante (Mondays), Kos (Thursdays) and Rhodes (Fridays) will all see a weekly service.

Norwegian, which carried 36.4 million passengers in the 12-month period ending November 30, has been operating from Billund since 2010, currently serving the airport from Oslo on a year-round basis as well as summer-season services to Alicante and Barcelona. This means it will fly seven scheduled routes from Billund in 2019, plus the four routes on behalf of Bravo Tours.

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