Virgin Atlantic Cargo is to expand its network to Billund Airport from 3 August 2022.
The company cited strong demand to transport cargo as the main reason for the move. Goods are today transported from Billund Airport to European hubs by truck.
Virgin Atlantic Cargo will support Billund Airport in transporting Danish e-commerce exports to the American market. Each flight will have a capacity of 28 tons of air freight.
The increase in scheduled operations comes as Virgin Atlantic Cargo delivered a record performance in 2021, achieving revenue of £448 million, up more than 200 per cent on 2019 and up 40 per cent on 2020.
“We are very excited to bring this new dedicated all-cargo service, connecting our customers in Billund and the wider Scandinavian Region with Virgin Atlantic’s extensive route network via London Heathrow,” said Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s head of cargo sales Steve Buckerfield. “We will be targeting urgent pharmaceutical, automotive and perishable cargoes destined for the USA, Africa, Israel and the Indian Subcontinent.”
Billund Airport’s CEO Jan Hessellund commented: “As a result of some good route development and great performance in our cargo centre, Billund Airport is once again chosen by an air freight operator. Virgin Atlantic Cargo is a large, recognised airline that will support the Danish e-commerce exports to the American market. We look forward to welcoming them.”