Today Avinor is publishing its annual and CSR report for 2016. The report documents how the company works to ensure good aviation services in all parts of Norway, and how it is a driving force for solving the climate and environmental issues in aviation.
CEO Dag Falk-Petersen emphasises that it is Avinor’s social responsibility to ensure sufficient capacity in aviation: “People who need to travel by air will be able to do so in a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly way”, he says.
Considerable increase in capacity
Falk-Petersen points to the fact that the country’s main airport - Oslo airport - at times has been overcrowded and that passengers at Bergen Airport have experienced that the queues for check-in have stretched far beyond the terminal at the morning rush hour. This underlines, according to the CEO, how important it is to invest in a considerable increase of capacity and new terminals at the two largest airports. On 27 April this year, the new Oslo Airport will officially open, and the new terminal at Bergen Airport is set to open on 17 August. The report documents that the comprehensive construction work has been carried out without traffic disturbances. Regularity – a measure of what percentage of traffic is carried out – has been 99 per cent. Punctuality has been 87 per cent for the entire group. Close follow-up and a continuous focus on HS&E has also resulted in few injuries among employees on the construction projects.
The next big planning projects for Avinor to undertake are new airports in Bodø and Helgeland. Moreover, large expansion projects are in progress in Tromsø and Stavanger. Higher capacity is being planned for the non-Schengen area at Oslo Airport to be able to meet the increase in intercontinental traffic. According to estimates, a third runway will also be required at Oslo Airport in a few years’ time.
Better customer experiences
“We are continuously working on improving the customer experience”, says Falk-Petersen. The new terminal at Bergen Airport will radically improve the public-transport services, with a direct connection to the Bergen Light Rail from the new terminal. The aim is a public transport percentage of 50 in 2020. Oslo Airport already has the highest public transport percentage in Europe – more than 70 per cent of the passengers use public transport to and from the airport. The new terminals also meet the requirements for universal design in all buildings and installations. Security check capacity has been increased at all the major airports, and automatic solutions for check-in, baggage management, ticket control and boarding are in place. New service area facilities and special services for families with children will also help improve the customer experience.
The climate challenge
“Emissions of greenhouse gases are also a major challenge for aviation”, iterates Falk-Petersen. Globally, aviation is responsible for about two per cent of the total greenhouse gas emissions. In Norway, this figure is about five per cent, including international flights.
“We take this very seriously”, says the CEO. “Avinor is working closely with the airlines to reduce emissions. The development of more fuel-efficient aircraft, the introduction of jet biofuel and eventually electric aircraft for passenger traffic will help to alleviate the climate challenges. Avinor is, and will remain, a strong driving force in finding solutions that ensure that the industry develops and applies good solutions related to the environment and climate change,” concludes Falk-Petersen.
The group’s operating income for 2016 was NOK 10.8 billion (NOK 11.9 billion) and profit after tax totalled NOK 1.0 billion (NOK 2.4 billion in 2015). The 2015 result was positively affected by a non-recurring profit made on the sale of property.
In 2016, the group’s modernisation programme met the target for efficiency improvements and cost savings of NOK 300 million by a wide margin. The group is targeting cost savings of NOK 600 million annually from 2018 compared to the Group’s prior long-term plan. Targeted accumulated savings for the period 2015 – 2018 are NOK 1.5 billion.
Avinor is responsible for the 45 state-owned airports and air navigation services for civilian and military aviation in Norway. This network links Norway together - and links Norway to the world.
Avinor is a driving force in environmental work in aviation and a driving force to reduce the combined greenhouse gas emissions from Norwegian aviation. The company has a leading role in the work on developing and delivering biofuel for aircraft. Every year Avinor contributes to safe and efficient travel for around 50 million airline passengers. Around half travel to and from Oslo airport.
More than 3,000 employees are responsible for planning, developing and operating airports and air navigation services. Avinor is funded by aviation fees and commercial sales at the airports.