FlightStat's November statistics show that Oslo Airport is the most punctual in Europe in the "Major Airports" category. The accolade coincides with traffic statistics showing a growth rate of 4.2 per cent compared with November 2014.
Both domestic and international traffic are up, by 3.4 and 5 per cent respectively. A total of 1,932,206 passengers travelled to and from Oslo Airport this November, compared with 1,854,907 last year. The five busiest destinations are Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger, Copenhagen and Stockholm.
Europe's most punctual
Oslo Airport's punctuality in November was 89.30 per cent, up from 86.44 per cent in October (4th place) and from 87.63 per cent in September, which took first place at that time. The fact that this comes in a period with high traffic and winter weather, and also coincides with the execution of Norway's largest land-based development projects, is something that Managing Director Øyvind Hasaas is extremely pleased with:
"We know that good punctuality is very important for both passengers and airlines. We are very pleased with these excellent punctuality statistics, and this shows that the teamwork among all of the players at the airport is good," he says.
Oslo was number seven worldwide. The world's most punctual airport was Doha (DOH), posting an on-time rate of 94.42 per cent, followed by Tokyo (HND) with 92.96 and Istanbul (IST) with 91.03 per cent.
December is always a busy month at Oslo Airport and 2015 is no exception. The next week in December is the month's busiest, and Friday, 18 December is expected to be the holiday season's busiest, with the highest number of passengers.
"Christmas at Oslo Airport will be in full swing this week with traffic expected to peak on Thursday and Friday. Around 85,000 people will be travelling on Friday, and most of them will be bringing many Christmas gifts and a lot of luggage. This means that travellers should expect to encounter a lot of people on the go, so our advice is to factor in a little extra time," says Joachim Westher Andersen, head of communications at Oslo Airport.
Among other Norwegian airports, Stavanger Airport Sola garnered a fourth place in the "Regional Airports" category, along with Bergen Airport Flesland, which came in sixth.
FlightStats is an American company that tracks historical and real-time flight information for airports and airlines around the world.
Christmas traffic summary *
Thursday, 17 December: 77,040 passengers
Friday, 18 December: 83,509 passengers
Saturday, 19 December: 43,442 passengers
Sunday, 20 December: 67,745 passengers
Monday, 21 December: 64,600 passengers
Tuesday, 22 December: 60,032 passengers
Wednesday, 23 December: 53,891 passengers
Thursday, 24 December: 12,860 passengers
*Expected number of passenger departures and arrivals
Oslo Lufthavn AS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Avinor. The company 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.