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New year off to a flying start

News   •   Feb 17, 2014 10:20 GMT

The start of 2014 has been characterised by more passengers travelling longer distances. In January, 1 632 823 passengers travelled through Oslo Airport and international flights increased significantly compared with the same month last year.

More than 1.6 million passengers is an increase of 6.3 per cent compared with January 2013.

“There is still great demand in the market, with significant increases in both domestic and international flights,” says Nic. Nilsen, managing director of Oslo Airport.

International flights show highest increase
However, the fastest growth was seen in international flights, which increased 7.7 per cent. Domestic flights increased 4.9 per cent. Once again, the busiest route this month was Trondheim, with 144 606 passengers. The destination saw an increase of 3.3 per cent from January 2013.

Traffic on the route to Stockholm swelled, increasing by 10.5 per cent compared with the same month last year. However, the figures show that more people chose to travel farther than to Sweden as temperatures dropped in January. The largest percentage increase was seen on the long-haul routes to Bangkok and New York, which spiked 66 and 56 per cent respectively. Fort Lauderdale in Florida has also been introduced as a new long-haul route since last year. Just above 4 000 passengers travelled there in January.

Expansion and wintery conditions at the same time
“The airlines and Oslo Airport alike are very pleased with the increase in traffic. We note that the largest percentage increase come from the long-haul routes to New York and Bangkok, which is both positive and as expected,” says Nilsen, who also, praised the ground crews for the way they handled winter traffic during the first month of the year.

“Handling such a large volume of traffic in the middle of winter at the same time as the airport is undergoing its largest expansion since 1998 is demanding. The ground crews at the entire airport have done an excellent job of keeping traffic moving under widely varying and demanding weather conditions this January,” Nilsen says.

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