Due to the energy transition, the exploration and production of gas and oil from the Southern North Sea has declined in recent years, as a result of which, for the first time in its 50 years of existence, the number of flight movements from Den Helder Airport has decreased proportionally. Sufficient reason to develop new markets.
The most obvious development again lies in the offshore sphere. The first contracts with windmill operators for flight operations to offshore wind farms from Den Helder Airport are a fact. The construction of various new wind farms is planned between now and 2030. The use of helicopters will be necessary for both the construction and maintenance of these parks.
Offshore energy airlift
Den Helder Airport is directly connected with the most important offshore centers around the North Sea through in-company shuttles. Think of Emden, Esbjerg, Stavanger, Aberdeen, Humberside, Norwich, but also any other European destination is possible. This makes the airport more attractive to operators by shortening the travel time for offshore personnel. In addition to the time saving, this also means a lower risk of Covid infections by avoiding major international airports.
Real estate development
In line with the developments in offshore wind and the offshore energy airlift, we are working on a plan for short-stay accommodation within walking distance of Den Helder Airport. In this multifunctional building, people not only sleep, but also work and meet.
At the designated location there are also possibilities for hangar construction for both helicopters and airplanes and for facilitating and accommodating drone companies and training institutes.
The terminal is heated by means of a heat pump and is fully equipped with LED lighting. In addition, the roof is fitted with solar panels to provide its own energy.
Some of the hangars are also equipped with LED lighting. In the coming period, the original light sources in all hangars will be replaced by LED.
One of the hangars also largely provides for its own energy supply by extracting solar energy by means of photovoltaic roofing; the same hangar is also equipped with a heat recovery installation (WTW).