Billund Airport began in 1961 when LEGO inventor Godtfredsen Kirk Christiansen established a private 800 meter runway and hangar north of the LEGO factory in Billund. Soon neighboring municipalities were included in the group of owners and the airport expanded to a regular public airport .
The construction of the new airport was carried out during 1964 and the airport opened on 1 November with a runway of 1660 m length and 45 m width. Hans Erik Christensen, former chief pilot at Lego became director and the passengers were handled in LEGO’s hangar until the first terminal building was opened in the spring of 1966. The following years BLL continuously expanded with new facilities, terminal buildings, lounges, tax-free area and hangars.
2002 a new passenger terminal was in use, as the first phase of a future expansion, which is scheduled to take place north of the start and runway, while air cargo services, business and private aviation remains must be processed in existing buildings and structures south of the runway. 1 January 1997 BLL was converted into a public limited company, Billund Airport A/S, with the former members Vejle County and municipalities Vejle , Kolding, Grindsted , Billund, and other shareholders.
In 2008, the entire runway was renovated and paved, along a new taxiway. This enormous task lasted only 14 hours. The track was closed over night between the hours. 23:00 and 06:00.
The same year was also a record year for the airport. 2,546,856 passengers passed through the terminals, an increase of 12.7 percent compared to 2007.
From mid-2009, the airport was served by 9 airlines flying regular flight service. KLM’s route to Amsterdam flew 200,000 annual passengers to Amsterdam Schiphol that year. In 2011, Ryanair announced that Billund Airport from March 2012 should be the base for two Boeing 737 aircraft.
Air France(HOP!) Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Atlantic Airways Bergen, Vágar
British Airways(Sun-Air) Bergen, Brussels, Düsseldorf, London-City, Manchester, München, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Bromma
bmi regional Birmingham
Danish Air Transport Stavanger
Lufthansa Frankfurt am Main
Norwegian(Seasonal) Alicante, Las Palmas
Primera Air Reykjavik-Keflavík
Ryanair Alicante, Budapest, Girona, Krakow, London-Stansted, Málaga, Rom-Ciampino, Tenerife-Syd
Ryanair(seasonal) Alghero, Bergamo, Carcassonne, Chania, Corfu, Edinburgh, Faro, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Trapani, Treviso, Zadar
Scandinavian Airlines København, Oslo-Gardermoen
Golden Air(SAS) Stockholm-Arlanda
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Bulgaria Air Burgas
Corendon Dutch Airlines Rimini
Jetairfly St. Croix
Jet Time Alghero, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Sal, Taba, Tenerife-Syd
Malmö Aviation Odense, Rom-Fiumicino
Primera Air Antalya, Hurghada, Bodrum, Eilat-Ovda, Enfidha, Reykjavík-Keflavík,
SATA International Funchal
SmartLynx Airlines Hurghada
Scandinavian Airlines Antalya, Burgas, Chania, Dalaman, Enfidha, Fuerteventura, Gazipaşa, Gran
Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodos, Sharm el-Sheikh
Thomas Cook Scandinavia Antalya, Cancún, Chania, Colombo, Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Kos, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Punta Cana, Rhodos, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-Syd
TUIfly Nordic Phuket