Roskilde Airport named best business airport

Where do executives and business travellers from Europe, Russia and the Middle East get the best service when travelling to or from business meetings in their private business jets? At the small Roskilde Airport, owned by Copenhagen Airport. 

After several years in the top ten in "European Business Air News" ratings, Roskilde Airport has now been named Best Business Airport ahead of 400 airports in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and Africa.

“Being in the top ten was a great achievement for Roskilde Airport, but making it to number one this year is nothing short of amazing ,” said Roskilde Airport Manager Lars Lip.

In addition to personal service, a VIP lounge, ultrafast checking in and fast arrivals, Roskilde Airport has many extra services for the pilots, such as maintenance facilities, rest facilities for the crews and, not least, good, competitive fuel prices.

Located six kilometres outside the historic city of Roskilde, close to Copenhagen, the airport has 1.800 private business jet takeoffs and landings each year.

“One of the new services we offer is to drive our clients pretty much right up to their aircraft,” says Mr Lip, when asked how providing good service can make a big difference for a small airport.

“Obviously, our terminal and facilities can’t really match other business airports like Farnborough, Munich or Geneva. Instead, our focus has been on delivering excellent personalised service, and our dedicated staff have really delivered on this,” he said.

Informal atmosphere and excellent service
Business jet pilots from three continents responded in the survey.  Carsten Vistisen, general manager of JoinJet said:

“Roskilde offers flexibility that sets it apart from many of the other airports we fly to. Depending on what we need, we can pick either a comprehensive or basic handling package. Getting through the airport is fast and efficient, and the atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed. It means a lot to the pilots when they have a chance to relax in an informal setting with such a high level of service,” says Mr Vistisen. 

Creating 300 jobs
Roskilde Airport was originally intended to have scheduled flights, but has instead become a world-class business airport and an attractive base for private and training flights.

Roskilde Airport itself has 36 employees, and it is home to some 25 companies that employ a total of about 300 people.

“When you look at it that way, we rank among the larger private sector workplaces on Zealand,” said Mr Lip.

 About RKE

  • The small airport has 36 employees and is home to about 25 companies employing a total of 300 people
  • Owned by Copenhagen Airports A/S
  • In 2016 nominated Best Business Airport in the Fixed-Based Operator (handling of business jets) category in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia
  • A total of 68,000 flight operations last year that consisted mainly of private flights, training flights and helicopter operations
  • Home to several flight schools whose graduates go on to work as both aircraft and helicopter pilots
  • Serves as base for the EH 101 emergency helicopter, part of the Squadron 722 search and rescue team