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Aarhus Airport

  • Country/Region: Flag of Denmark Denmark
  • Telephone: +4587757004
  • Website: aar.dk
  • PAX: 500,490
  • IATA: AAR
  • ICAO: EKAH

About The Airport

Aarhus Airport is 2019's Airport of the Year - awarded by ERA, the European regional airline association and in 2018 was Scandinavia's fastest growing airport.  We serve Aarhus, the second largest city of Denmark and fifth largest in Scandinavia with almost 1.4 million people in the metropolitan area.  The largest non-capital city in the Nordic region and Denmark's fastest growing economy, home to a large number of world-leader global corporations in sectors such as wind energy, engineering, food and agri-tech, agri-science, fashion and retail, architectural design, data management and many more among over 33,000 registered companies in the area.  Aarhus also hosts the largest academic sector in Scandinavia.

Home to around 60,000 students, Aarhus University ranks in the world's top 100 while the city of Aarhus is also among the world's top 100 conference destinations.  Several leading research innovation hubs include the Navitas waterfront R&D complex as well as INCUBA and Katrinjeberg, covering specialities in cleantech, food-tech, ICT and healthcare, with the New Aarhus University Hospital set to be northern Europe's largest upon completion.  Cited as the fastest growing Nordic business sector and Europe's best new business environment, regularly considered among the world's best and most competitve markets, a 2016 partnership between Apple and Aarhus University is the largest ever inward investment initiative in Denmark valued at $1bn in data and research facilities: 'Business Region Aarhus' sustained economic success necessitates direct routes to European destinations and global connectivity beyond. 

Aarhus has been 2017's European Capital of Culture and in 2018 is host to the World Sailing Championships and Volvo Ocean Race, and 2019 hosts the Tall Ships Race finale.

In terms of economic and socio-economic scale, the quality of our catchment area is the highest in Denmark, with average disposable income 3.4% above that of Copenhagen.  Aarhus handles almost 70% of all Danish imports and exports as well as cruise ships in its city centre deepwater harbour with 12m tonne annual freight capacity, among the largest in Scandinavia.   Aarhus also hosts approx 55% of the Danish international design and architecture industry, has the fastest growing and youngest population base in Denmark, the highest % employment rate and the highest share of economically-active young adults.  Aarhus is a leader and pace-setter among Scandinavia's fastest developing markets and the only Danish city surpassing a sustained projected growth rate of up to 15%

The economic value attributed to Aarhus is similar to the GDP of Luxembourg and Bulgaria, at more than EUR56 billion.  In 2017 the EU ranked Aarhus top among Europe's 168 largest cities for its governance and in the top 10 for innovation.  Denmark is considered Europe's most business friendly environment by the WEF and Aarhus has repeatedly been labelled the happiest city in the world in OECD studies

Facts and Figures

  • List of Top 5 Airlines: SAS Scandinavian Airlines, easyJet, Ryanair, DAT, British Airways
  • Number of Serving Airlines: 8
  • Number of Direct Destinations: 26
  • Number of Terminals: 1
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Length of Main Runway (m): 2700m
  • Passenger Numbers (mppa): Approx 500,000 pa
  • Ownership: Public private consortium
  • Operational Opening Hours: 0600-2359 (24/7 available)
  • Total Catchment Population: 2.6 million in mainland Denmark
  • Urban Population: 1.38 million in Greater Aarhus metropolitan area
  • Aircraft Parking Stands: 7 (+2)