Traffic at Avinor airports increased by 7.7 per cent in March, compared to the previous year. Domestic traffic increased by 10.9 per cent, while international traffic increased by 3 per cent.
A total of 4,371,756 passengers passed through Avinor airports in March. The growth year to date has been 4.6 per cent compared to last year.
Affected by Easter
“Our traffic figures are quite affected by the fact that this year, Easter falls in April, while last year it was in March. During the Easter holidays, much of the domestic traffic is replaced by international traffic. Thus there is a significant increase in domestic traffic this year, since the previous year experience a reduction due to Easter”, says head of communcations at Avinor, Kristian Løksa.
Tromsø experiencing international increase
At Tromsø Airport, the growth continues as it has the past few years, with a total increase of 17 per cent in March. Several airlines have implemented international routes from the airport. They consist of new routes to Frankfurt, Billund and Zürich, which is complemented by considerable growth on the London and Stockholm routes. The resulted in that the total growth of international traffic was an astonishing 37.7 per cent during the period.
The major airports that experienced the greatest increase were Tromsø (17.0 per cent), Bodø (14.6 per cent), Oslo (9.0 per cent) and Trondheim (8.6 percent). Among Avinor’s smaller airports, the following saw the greatest increase: Honningsvåg (39.7 per cent) Sørkjosen (34 per cent) and Røros (27.3 per cent).
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.