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Aarhus Airport

  • PAX: 500,490

About The Airport

Aarhus Airport serves Aarhus – the second largest city of Denmark and fifth largest metropolitan catchment in the Nordic region with almost 1.4 million people.  The largest non-capital Scandinavian population market, Aarhus is home to Denmark's fastest growing economy with a large number of world-leader global corporations in sectors such as wind energy, engineering, food and agri-tech, bio-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 and the fastest growing inbound tourism visitor economy.

Home to around 60,000 students in the city's higher education institutions, Aarhus University itself ranks in the world's top 100 while the city of Aarhus ranks among the world's top 80 conference and meeting destinations.  It is a powerhouse of talent and opportunity with an average age of just 36 years among its citizens and considered to have one of the most advanced socio-cultural platforms in western Europe.  Several leading research innovation hubs excel in specialities ranging from cleantech to food-tech, ICT and healthcare, with the New Aarhus University Hospital set to be northern Europe's largest upon completion - and 10th largest in the world.  The hospital ranked among the world’s top 20 best medical facilities in 2022.  Cited as the fastest growing Nordic business sector and Europe's best new business environment by field experts, Aarhus is regularly considered among the world's best and most competitve innovation markets overall.

Tourism is a growth pole in Aarhus and in recent times the city has been 2017's European Capital of Culture, hosted the 2018 World Sailing Championships, in 2019 again hosted the Tall Ships Race, while also on a nautical theme; the legendary Volvo Ocean Race will be hosted in Aarhus in 2023.  Airline and airport leaders from around the world will be welcomed to Aarhus in 2024 when the city and Aarhus Airport host the prestigious Routes Europe conference.  Aarhus itself has been the fastest growing major inbound visitor economy in the Nordics for most of the last 9 consecutive years – and is still growing.

In economic and socio-eco profile, the quality of our catchment area is one the highest in Denmark, with average disposable income 3.4% above that of the capital, Copenhagen.  Aarhus handles almost 70% of all Danish imports and exports as well as cruise ships in its city centre deepwater harbour and 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 fast-developing markets – the economic value attributed to Aarhus is similar to the GDP of Luxembourg, Croatia and Bulgaria, or three times that of Iceland, at more than EUR60 billion.  In 2017 the EU ranked Aarhus top among Europe's 168 largest cities for its quality of governance and in the top 10 for innovation.  Denmark itself 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 and the most liveable for international expats locating to Europe.

Aarhus Airport is proud to have been 2019's Airport of the Year - as awarded by ERA, the European regional airline association after becoming Scandinavia's fastest growing airport in 2018.  Aarhus looks forward to welcoming you in person at Routes Europe 2024 in our 'City of smiles'! 

Facts and Figures

  • List of Top 5 Airlines: SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Ryanair, KLM, Braathens Regional Airlines, Wizz Air
  • Number of Serving Airlines: 11
  • Number of Direct Destinations: 30
  • 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)