The number of passengers travelling to and from Avinor's 46 airports increased by 1.6 per cent compared with January 2016. There are substantial local variations.
Growth in Oslo and Trondheim
Oslo Airport saw growth of 3.2 per cent in january, compared with last year. Domestic traffic grew by 2.8 per cent, while international traffic was up 4 per cent. A total of 1 655 477 passengers travelled via Oslo Airport in January.
Trondheim Airport, Værnes experienced growth totalling 3.5 per cent, compared with the same month last year.
There was a decline in traffic at both Sola Airport, Stavanger and Bergen Airport, Flesland, with a reduction of 1,5 and 8 per cent respectively. At Flesland, international traffic grew by 9 per cent, while international traffic decreased by 9 per cent in Stavanger.
Activity level of oil and gas industry important
There are local variations in the other airports in the Avinor network. Kristiansund is experiencing the downturn in the offshore sector, where traffic has dropped by a total of 17,1 per cent compared with last year. In Hammerfest however, the high levels of activity within the same industry provides a growth of 47,6.
Still growth in northern Norway
In general, there has is a steady growth in air traffic growth in northern Norway. This tendency has been shown for a few months, and in January both Tromsø, Bardufoss and Mehamn have experienced growth of around 10 per cent.
- Our airports play a key role for business and travel industry in norther Norway. Especially within travel there is growth driver by increased international interest in what northern Norway has to offer, says EVP regional airports division, Margrethe Snekkerbakken.