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A possible new seafood centre Oslo Airport

Press Release   •   Nov 27, 2016 07:00 GMT

Minister of transportation Ketil Solvik-Olsen and Dag Falk-Petersen from Avinor presented the plans for a new seafood centre for the media this week. (Photo: Avinor Oslo airport)

Avinor Oslo Airport are considering new areas for air cargo and the possibility of building a new seafood centre at Norway’s main airport.

Avinor wants to make new areas available for carriers with activities directly linked to air cargo. In cooperation with the largest exporters within the seafood industry, Avinor has also worked on a feasibility study for facilitating a 15.000 square metre world leading seafood centre for air cargo, with industrial facilities built to accommodate future growth, commerce and value creation in the aquaculture industry. This will be important for the Norwegian export industry at large and will be crucial for reaching the seafood industry’s export goals in the future.

Future-oriented facilities

“The current direct flight capacity from Norway is not sufficient to meet the increased demand for fresh seafood in Asia and North America. Every day, almost 600 tons of Norwegian seafood is exported as air cargo to the world. Only 30 per cent of this goes by air from Oslo Airport, the rest is carried by land transport to Europe for flight connections to Asia and North America. The main players in the Norwegian export industry want future-oriented facilities at Oslo Airport. These must be able to accommodate future growth, ensure top product quality and facilitate export of Norwegian seafood in an even better way”, says Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen.

“We are therefore inviting private actors in the export industry to build and operate a state-of-the-art seafood centre that will give Norway an important competitive advantage compared to other countries and airports”, he continues.

Today, salmon is the number one air cargo product in Europe. The volumes from Norway give a significant competitive advantage in attracting new inter-continental routes in the future.

The Norwegian Seafood Federation: – having a main hub is important

The Norwegian Seafood Federation wants to strengthen Oslo Airport as a national hub for air cargo. The close distance to the main distribution sites in Norway, in addition to the steady increase in intercontinental flights, makes Norway’s main airport well suited for facilitating growth and value creation within air cargo. A state-of-the-art seafood centre will ensure the quality of the seafood, with efficient administrative functions and cost-effective solutions.

“The seafood industry is vital for the Norwegian economy, and there is a huge potential for increasing value creation in the years to come. New and future-oriented facilities at Oslo Airport for transport of fresh seafood to Asia and North America will make the Norwegian seafood industry even more competitive”, says Deputy Managing Director Trond Davidsen of the Norwegian Seafood Federation in the NHO.

Avinor owns and operates Norway's main airport, Oslo Airport, which is an important communications hub in Norway with approximately 24 million travellers and more than 235,000 aircraft movements per year. 

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