Up in the air: 3rd largest Danish airport expands rapidly
Aalborg Airport is expanding with an investment of 23.5 million euro and developments expected to be finnished in May 2013. The investment involves expanding the number of gates from six to 12, creating a new lounge area and also the airport’s tax-free shop will enlarge significantly in size from 70 to 510 square meters.
The CEO at Aalborg Airport, Søren Svendsen, points out that for example KLM, one of the operating airlines at Aalborg Airport, has expressed a desire for a lounge area. Initially, the lounge area will be 120 square meters with the possibility of expanding to 300 square meters later on.
Aalborg Airport may expand in size physically, but the airport has also grown in other ways. This spring KLM expanded their daily flight connections between Aalborg-Amsterdam from four to six, launched four daily flight connections between Aalborg-Amsterdam connecting Aalborg to more than 200 international destinations.
The Spanish airline Vueling has launched flight connections between Aalborg-Barcelona and Norwegian operates a new Aalborg-Berlin route and have re-opened the Aalborg-Gatwick route this year too. Besides these destinations, Aalborg is directly connected to Copenhagen by some 44 daily roundtrip flights, to Oslo and Malaga, and various other holiday destinations arcoss the world (winter and summer). However, Aalborg Airport's CEO, Søren Svendsen, has higher amb itions; to expand with a direct route to London Heathrow and a Stockholm route in the near future.
In recent years, extensive growth has made Aalborg Airport the third largest airport in Denmark. Its newly built terminal building is modern yet with classic Danish designer strokes and refreshingly user-freidnly. The terminal was built in 2001 by Danish architects Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen from Aarhus, also known for other achitectural gems - and meeting venues - such as ARoS - Museum of Modern art in Aarhus and the Royal Danish Library (the Black Diamond) in Copenhagen