The partnership between the UK City of Culture 2017, Hull, and the Danish city of Aarhus, European Capital of Culture 2017, will be further strengthened when British Airways launches its new, direct route from Humberside Airport to Billund (Aarhus South) on 17 April 2016.
- British Airways opens Humberside-Billund (Aarhus South, Denmark) route on April 17
Officials in Aarhus say the move is well-timed as both Hull and Aarhus prepare major cultural events during 2017.
Rebecca Matthews, CEO of Aarhus 2017 said:
Hull 2017 is a very strong and exciting partner for us, and I hope that many people in our cities and the surrounding regions will use this great opportunity to visit each other, both for culture and business purposes.
For a whole year in Aarhus and the Central Denmark Region, we will offer spectacular events, unique experiences and magical moments and we look forward to welcoming visitors from Hull to join us.
Martin Green, CEO of Hull 2017, is equally enthusiastic about the new direct route to Denmark:
We’re committed to working closely with Aarhus and sharing ideas. This direct connection is key for Hull’s cultural and business links.
Danish airline Sun-Air, the franchise partner of British Airways, will initially offer twice weekly services between Humberside Airport and Billund (Aarhus South).
The European Capital of Culture is an international, cultural project that ranks among Europe’s most ambitious. The idea is to show the richness and diversity of European culture, and to contribute to a greater mutual understanding between the citizens in Europe.
Patronage: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark as Royal Patron of the Capital of Culture.
Official opening: Aarhus, Denmark, Saturday 21 January 2017
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Diverse and modern, Aarhus is one of the happiest cities on Earth. They city lies on the Jutland peninsula where the beach, harbour and forest are all only a 15-minute bike ride away. The area around Aarhus also offers the biggest concentration of attractions in Denmark. Must-see sights, such as the Jelling Rune Stones, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are all in easy reach and the city is the perfect size for a weekend break or family getaway.