Billund Airport will add an 11th carrier to its network on 2 July when LOT Polish Airlines launches services – as the airport further grows the number of routes it operates.
The Polish carrier will service Denmark’s second biggest gateway 12 times a week from its Warsaw Chopin base using a mixture of Embraer E170 and E175 aircraft.
Billund will also welcome other routes in 2018 including a weekly Ryanair service to Athens from 15 May, a Primera Air weekly service to Athens from 23 May, a Widerøe three times weekly service to Bergen from 25 June, a Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Iasi from 9 July and a four-times weekly service to Vienna from 16 November.
Billund Airport chief executive officer, Kjeld Zacho Jorgensen said: “We are proud to welcome LOT to Billund and delighted that it has seen the potential in the West Denmark market.
“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.”
LOT joins airBaltic, Air France, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Finnair, Icelandair, KLM, Lufthansa, SAS and Turkish Airlines in providing services from Billund.
Indirect traffic from West Denmark to Warsaw has grown by 22 per cent last year. “More than 22,000 Polish people live in our catchment, and 40,000 West Danes visited Poland last year,” adds Jorgensen.
“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.”
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 2018, but with the new LOT routes it is set to reach 50,000 seats this summer.