Despite significant local variations and declines at several major airports, overall figures for Avinor's 46 airports show that air travel in the country is still increasing.
In September, 4,595,879 passengers flew via Avinor airports, an increase of 0.5 per cent from last year. Most of the increase is attributed to the steady growth in international traffic (3.5 per cent). On domestic routes, the downward trend in the number of passengers continued, with September seeing a decrease of 1.2 per cent compared with the same month last year.
Decline in Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim
In Bergen, traffic fell 1.8 per cent compared with September 2014. Domestic traffic decreased the most (-4.4 per cent). In Stavanger, the drop was 3.8 per cent, with domestic traffic falling the most here too (-5.1 per cent). In Trondheim, September passenger figures fell 1.4 per cent, with the same trend noted in domestic traffic (down 3.5 per cent).
Wide regional variations
Wide variations were also seen among local and regional airports. In Hammerfest, however, traffic soared by as much as 18.2 per cent in September.
“The figures show that the oil and gas industry in particular has a high level of activity in the Barents Region. We have seen this the past three years, and the trend looks set to continue based on the data we possess,” says Trond Langedahl, manager of Hammerfest Airport.
Oslo Airport reports domestic and international upswing
At Oslo Airport, air travel in September increased by 3 per cent compared with 2014. Domestic traffic increased by 0.4 per cent and international traffic by 5.2 per cent. A total of 2,303,219 passengers travelled to or from Oslo Airport in September.
“We are naturally very pleased to see that the healthy trend of the previous two months continues,” says Jasper Spruit, director of traffic development Oslo Airport.
So far this year, the number of passengers at Oslo Airport has grown 1.4 per cent compared with the same period last year.
“We are seeing growth in the number of international passengers and we have improved our route network. These are factors that come into play. We are constantly striving to improve services and hope the numbers will improve further as the year unfolds,” says Spruit.
The three main routes from Oslo Airport are Trondheim, Bergen and Stavanger, while the largest overseas route is Copenhagen, followed closely by Stockholm. Of Oslo Airport's top ten routes, Amsterdam accounts for the highest growth, rising 9.6 per cent in September and 3.7 per cent so far this year. Stavanger is the route that has seen the biggest decrease, falling 3.6 per cent so far this year and 2.4 per cent in September.
So far this year, a total of 38,033,992 passengers travelled through Avinor's airports. This is a decline of 0.4 per cent.