Oslo Airport’s traffic figures for March saw an expected decrease due to Easter, traditionally a week with few business travellers, with passenger numbers dipping 3.7% compared with March 2012.
In domestic traffic, the decline was 8.7%, reflecting a quiet Easter week. International traffic was up by 1.0%, which was better than expected, confirming the trend that many Norwegians choose to holiday abroad.
Despite the decline, traffic figures are about 3% ahead of budgeted traffic. The number of aircraft movements in March totalled 18,212, a decrease of 4.4%.
With 149,000 passengers in March, Trondheim retained its position as the most travelled route out of OSL, followed by Bergen, Stavanger and Copenhagen.
“We were prepared that Easter would cause a decline in traffic in March. Nonetheless, we are pleased that international traffic is showing a strong trend and that we actually saw higher traffic numbers than budgeted,” says Vegar Gystad, head of media relations.
Oslo Lufthavn AS (OSL) owns and operates Norway's main airport, Oslo Airport at Gardermoen. OSL is an important transport hub in Norway with more than 21 million passengers and more than 200,000 aircraft movements every year. Oslo Lufthavn AS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Avinor.