Air traffic on the rise
“The total number of passengers in January is just above the figure in 2007 (2,653,000), but is still somewhat lower than the peak year of 2008, when more than 2.8 million passengers travelled through Avinor’s airports in January,” says Communications Director with Avinor, Ove Narvesen.
Oslo Airport Gardermoen saw an increase in the number of passengers of 6.2 per cent compared to the same month last year. Domestic and international growth are almost equal, with 6.2 and 6.1 percent respectively.
Of the other major airports, Tromsø Airport Langnes saw an increase of 5 percent, Bodø Airport 4.9 percent, Trondheim Airport Værnes 3.7 percent and Stavanger Airport Sola 3.4 percent. Bergen Airport Flesland experienced a decline in figures of 0.4 percent.
Amongst the medium sized airports, the average increase in traffic was 3.4 percent.
Haugesund Airport Karmøy experienced growth of 22 percent compared to January 2009, while Molde Airport Årø, saw growth of 19.3 percent. Both results are closely related to competition on the route to Oslo.
Traffic at regional airports is stable, which has also been the case for most of 2009.
The number of aircraft movements dropped by 1.7 percent in January compared to the same month last year.
It should be noted that the term “terminal passengers” in traffic statistics as of January 2010 also includes off-shore travellers between the mainland and oil installations in the North Sea for those airports that operate this type of traffic.