A total of 4,171,684 passengers travelled to and from Avinor’s 45 airports in April. This is an increase of 3.8 per cent compared to last year. The year to date passenger count is 15,850,229, which is an increase of 4.4 per cent. On 28 April, Oslo Airport surpassed 100,000 passengers in a single day for the first time.
April saw domestic traffic decrease by 2.7 per cent compared to figures from 2016. International traffic increased by 15.1 per cent. Both scheduled routes and charter traffic experienced significant growth, with increases of 13.9 and 43.4 per cent, respectively. Offshore traffic continued to decrease, and in April it was down 9.4 per cent.
“Because this year's Easter holidays fell in April, there was less growth on domestic flights, while the effect
is the opposite for international traffic, i.e. higher increase that the general trend would suggest. 1 May was on a Monday this year, which resulted in more weekend trips”, Vice President Traffic Development at Avinor, Jasper Spruit explains.
New record at Oslo Airport
28 April was the first time that Oslo Airport has surpassed 100,000 passengers in a single day. This was the day following the opening of the new and expanded airport.
"It is comforting to know that we surpassed 100,000 passengers the day after the opening of new areas and after almost doubling our capacity. We now have more room for great travel experiences and we are well equipped for even more passengers daily”, says Managing Director of Oslo Airport, Øyvind Hasaas.
The high increase in passengers at Oslo Airport is a result of several factors. London increased by all of 47 per cent in April. All routes to Spain also saw strong increases, i.e. Alicante (+36), Malaga (+36), Barcelona (+39) and Gran Canaria (+51). Additionally, there has been an extraordinary increase for Brussels (144 per cent), to which traffic was greatly reduced following the terror attack on 22 March 2016.
Among the largest airports, the highest increase in passengers were seen at Oslo (9.1 per cent), Harstad/Narvik (9.8 per cent) and Tromsø Airport (4.9 per cent). Traffic decreased at Bergen (-0.2 per cent), Trondheim (-2.6 per cent) and Stavanger (-4.9 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.