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Esbjerg Airport

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Esbjerg Airport is a small one but it doesn’t mean there’s not much going on inside it. In fact, the airport is open during all seasons. The airport was first used for helicopters only.

With more traffic coming, it has started to accept passenger airlines as well.

It functions as a normal 21st century modern airport, with corresponding equipment and lighting. There is also a tax-free shop if you have forgotten to get something from the city or want to spend your last Kroner before leaving the country.

The airport is worth the 5th biggest city of Denmark. It’s never super-crazy and crowded.

Despite this, Esbjerg Airport is still the only heliport in entire Denmark.

Airplane
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There are 2 airlines operating in the airport: BMI Regional and Danish Air Transport. BMI Regional has a connection with Aberden, while Danish Air Transport has Stavanger as a destination.

Only these two destinations are available from the mentioned airport, with the frequency of 2-4 times a week each. Although the number of connections are limited, you can still get a transit ticket and arrive in the city via plane.

There’s another option too, if you don’t mind spending a little too much money, you can rent a helicopter and safely get to the town.

The airport staff is one of the best trained professionals at welcoming helicopters. They are probably the best in whole Denmark.

The nearest airport to Esbjerg is that in Billund. Car rental points such as Europcar are available at the airport.

The History

Helicopter
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Esbjerg is a special town. And number one reason is the fact that it is the first Danish town to own an airport.

In 1930s, when airports and airplanes were considered a luxury, Esbjerg Airport was the first one in whole Denmark.

The original location of the airport was in Kjersing. It is currently included in Esbjerg, the first flight season lasted from the 18th of Jul to the 15th of September.

The passengers were not too many compared with modern-day Denmark, only 337 people. But this was already a great success.

Danish Air Transport
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The airports were meant to succeed, and the one in Esbjerg as well. The number of connections and passengers gradually increased over the time.

Things were so well that plans for a new airport were considered. But, unfortunately, they remained only planes.

The offer was not thoroughly considered by Danish authorities. The plans were postponed and seemed to have failed, until the oil mania began in 1968.

This not only brought a lot of traffic into the country, but also made the locals move from one place to another.

And where there is more demand, there is . . a well-developing airport. A new airport was finally constructed in 1970. It took 16.9 DKK million to design and complete the project. The first guesses of passengers in 1971 was 55.000. Over the time, it rose up to 263.000 in 1983.

How to Get There

The airport is not too far away from the city. It takes only 10 minutes by car to get to the airport from Esbjerg downtown.

There are also 3 lines of buses available: Numbers 8, 44, and 48.

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