Karup Airport at risk of closing

Annual subsidies required to keep struggling facility afloat

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August 15th, 2014 12:46 pm| by admin
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Without annual subsidies from nearby councils, Karup Airport, which is located between Herning and Viborg in mid-Jutland, could be forced to close.

The bankruptcy of Cimber Air caused a significant drop in passenger numbers, putting the airport's future in serious doubt.

In its 50-year history, Karup has always paid for itself in the past and required no help from the surrounding councils.

Those days are over and it now needs five to six million kroner a year to stay afloat.

“The alternative is to close,” Ikast-Brande mayor Carsten Kissmeyer told DR Nyheder.

Over half the passengers gone
Fewer passengers doesn’t change maintenance or security requirements, so expenses remain high.

“It will still require a lot of equipment,” said Kissmeyer.

READ MORE: Danish airports among the best in Europe

Since Cimber went belly-up, passenger numbers have dropped from 150,000 to 65,000 per year.

Kissmeyer said it was too early to say if the airport would be forced to close without money from the councils.

 

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