The number of passengers who travelled to and from Avinor's airports in November fell slightly compared with the same month last year.
International traffic rose 2 per cent, while domestic traffic decreased by 1.3 per cent. This yielded an overall decrease of 0.3 per cent. In all, 3,923,803 passengers travelled to and from Avinor's airports in November. So far this year, almost 47 million passengers have travelled to and from Avinor's airports.
“This is the first time in six years we have registered a decline in air traffic, and we have seen the rate of growth flatten in the last couple of months. This probably has a correlation with the challenges facing the Norwegian economy,” says Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen.
However, he hastens to point out that a possible decline in air traffic going forward will, historically speaking, be replaced by fresh growth.
“This is why it is important for long-term forecasts to underlie the measures we choose to implement, such as the capacity expansion projects currently under way at Oslo Airport and in Bergen. Meanwhile, Avinor is working to reduce costs and streamline operations so we can deal with cyclical fluctuations,” says Falk-Petersen.
Oslo Airport was the only one of the four largest airports in the country that saw traffic grow in November. The airport reported a 1.7 per cent increase.
“Even though the increase in November is somewhat lower than our total for 2014, we are pleased that traffic continues to grow,” says Øyvind Hasaas, managing director of Oslo Airport.
1,854,907 passengers travelled to or from Norway's main airport in November, making Oslo Airport Scandinavia's largest airport in terms of passenger numbers.
“Of course, it’s always a bit more fun when we beat our friends in Copenhagen,” says Hasaas with a smile.
“The fact that Oslo Airport was Scandinavia's largest airport in November, measured in number of passengers, is inspiring to our entire organisation,” adds Falk-Petersen.