A total of 3,709,601 passengers travelled through Avinor's 46 airports in February. Air traffic increased by six per cent compared with February 2015.
So far this year, air traffic has increased by 3.8 per cent compared with last year.
Domestic traffic is on the rise, following a decline in 2015.
Solid growth in three of the four largest
The number of passengers has risen for both Bergen Airport, Flesland and Trondheim Airport, Værnes, a whopping seven per cent for the latter. The figures here are positive for both domestic and international traffic. Oslo Airport also saw a solid traffic increase of eight per cent in February. Domestic travel increased by 8.8 per cent and international by eight per cent.
"The industries in Central Norway are diverse, and many sectors are experiencing growth. The traffic increase for Oslo and Northern Norway is significant, and this good development has lasted several months", says Lasse Bardal, Managing Director at Trondheim Airport, Værnes.
" Oslo airport and routes to the North of Norway doing very well and we experience international growth on routes between Norway and Germany, Denmark and Spain. Important reason for the growth was also the extra day in February", says Jasper Spruit, Vice President Traffic Development at Avinor.
The offshore trend continues
The offshore traffic trend is continuing. Traffic therefore decreased at Stavanger Airport, Sola, which is mainly due to the state of the oil industry. The number of passengers dropped by 5.4 per cent compared with the same month in 2015. Traffic at Florø and Brønnøysund also declined for the same reason.
Growth in the other 42
There are variations for the other airports, but overall, domestic traffic for the 42 other airports increased by 10.5 per cent. The overall increase is eight per cent compared with February 2015.
You can see the traffic figures at avinor.no (see link in article)
Avinor is responsible for the 46 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.