Figures from Avinor show that air traffic increased by 3.7 percent compared with May last year. Offshore increased for the first time since 2014.
A total of 4,637,714 passengers travelled to and from Avinor’s airports in May, an increase of 3.7 percent. All four of the biggest airports experienced passenger growth.
Good figures for Oslo Airport and airports in the north
Oslo airport experienced growth of 5.5 percent, and the growth continued in Tromsø in May, with an impressive increase of 10.5 percent. Oslo Airport and Tromsø Airport contributed to passenger growth in May with 76 percent and 11 percent respectively.
Many of the minor airports in Northern Norway also experienced an increase in numbers in May, including Hammerfest with 41 percent and Mosjøen with 21.6 percent.
Growth in offshore for the first time since July 2014
Offshore traffic has remained at a constant level. For the first time since July 2014, there was some growth (+ 0.1 percent compared with May 2016).
"Passenger growth at airports like Stavanger (0.8%), Kristiansund (3.3%) and Florø (11.7%) indicate that the worst has passed for the oil industry", explained Jasper Spruit, Vice President of Traffic Development at Avinor.
Bergen Airport, Flesland, experienced an increase of 1.3 percent in May, and in Trondheim, the increase was 0.4 percent compared with last year.
Major growth to Spain and the United Kingdom The highest growth was seen in traffic to Spain (+38,000 passengers/+22%) and the United Kingdom (+30,000/+17%) in May.
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.