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Aarhus Airport

Airport information
 Location of airport in Denmark
Airport typePublic
OperatorAarhus Lufthavn A/S
Elevation25 m (82 ft)

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Aarhus Airport is a civilian airport located in Tirstrup, Denmark, which is 19.4 NM northeast of Aarhus.

The airport was built in 1943 by German occupying forces (but not ultimately used) and was used as a Cold War military base for the Danish and other allied airforces until the 1990s. The airport still contains a small military depot and plays host to occasional traning exercises; the last NATO exercise was in 2007.

The current passenger terminal dates from 1981 with renovations performed between 2007 and 2009. Since 1946 the airport has carried civilian traffic and has been 'temporarily' the primary one for Aarhus, despite being nearly 50 kilometers from the city centre and relatively inaccessible until recent road construction, such as the Djursland motorway. A plan to build a new airport closer to the city was rejected in 2003 and is a matter of ongoing debate for local authorities.

The airport carried 562,000 passengers in 2010. Many travellers to or from Aarhus use the larger Billund Airport instead, located 96 km away by road.

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