The Danish airports wants better road and train connections nationwide

Motorways, green traffic solutions and better coach and train connections. These are just some of the infrastructure projects identified by Denmark’s seven largest airports as solutions for a more cohesive Denmark. Catalogue to be presented to the Danish Parliament’s Transport Committee on Thursday. 

The Danish airports are collaborating on connecting Denmark with even better air travel and on creating better connectivity between Denmark and the rest of the world.

Creating better cohesion in Denmark requires a new vision for infrastructure in connection with Denmark’s airports. It is crucial, particularly to business and industry, that there is easy and efficient access to and from airports across the nation. Airports are unique mobility hubs, which benefit Danes and businesses. It is therefore necessary to focus on supporting the airports in their work to secure optimal mobility for the Danish population. And local infrastructure around airports plays a decisive role in this:

“The Danish airports wishes to contribute to better cohesion in Denmark. Businesses, tourists, and the individual Danish citizen will all benefit greatly from being able to easily and quickly travel between different regions of Denmark. Domestic airports have a central part to play in this, as they help to secure the cohesiveness of the entire country,” says Thomas Woldbye, CEO for Copenhagen Airport.

Growth and development requires solid infrastructure
Together with the other domestic airports, Copenhagen Airport has taken the initiative to put together a combined investment catalogue of infrastructure projects. The airports have held local meetings with representatives from business, municipalities and organisations and have identified local projects which have then been combined in a catalogue.

 “Solid infrastructure is the foundation for growth and development. This also includes the ability to travel to and from airports in Denmark. We have therefore nominated seven lighthouse projects which connect infrastructure with an airport. Stronger regional airports in Denmark will bring the rest of the world even closer,” says Thomas Woldbye, who at the same time emphasises that fast cross-country transportation goes hand in hand with climate efforts:

“The Danish aviation industry has committed to an ambitious climate plan. This means that Danish domestic aviation - both aircraft and airports - will be CO2 neutral as of next year at the latest. Already this year, Copenhagen Airport compensates fully for our CO2 emissions. And by 2030, there will be at least a 30% reduction in aviation related emissions in Denmark. Today, flying is often more climate-efficient than if we were to each of us drive in our own car. For this reason, it makes good sense to improve the opportunities for efficient flying for more people,” Thomas Woldbye explains.

The airports Sønderborg Airport, Midtjyllands Airport, Bornholms Airport, Aarhus Airport, Aalborg Airport, Billund Airport, and Copenhagen Airport have prepared the investment catalogue of infrastructure investment recommendations.

The managing directors of the airports will be handing the catalogue to the Parliamentary Transport, Building and Housing Committee on Thursday 25 April 2019 at 11:15 at Christiansborg.

The seven lighthouse projects highlighted by the domestic airports as important for regional development and airport development potential:

1. Expressway around Sønderborg

2. Better connection between Midtjyllands Lufthavn and public transportation

3. Green traffic solutions connected with the airport on Bornholm

4. Upgrading route 15 to Grenaa

5. The third Limfjorden connection

6. Hærvejen motorway with link from Skærup

7. Better railway and road connections to Copenhagen Airport