ROUTES 2010: Oslo ready to expand again

Just over 12 years since it opened a completely new airport at Gardermoen, Oslo Lufthavn is preparing to implement its next stage of development with an extension which will deliver an initial increase in capacity of around 24%.

The planned extension with an additional pier and a new terminal will be ready for 2017, explained Knut Stabæk, the airport’s director of traffic development. This first stage will lift the capacity capability from the current 22-23 million to 28 million. A further stage will increase the capacity to 35 million.

With low-fare carrier Norwegian now being the largest airline at Oslo Gardermoen, traffic at the airport was up 11% during August. “We’re getting back to the levels we had before the ash cloud,” Stabæk reported. “Overall this year we expect annual growth of 6%-7%, with a total of 19 million passengers. Had we not had the ash cloud we believe growth would have been around 9%.”

Stabæk added that he hoped Routes would confirm at least three new airlines coming to the airport.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net
Vancouver, Canada

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