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Sandefjord Airport Torp (photo: Visit Oslo)

Low-cost boosts Oslo Torp’s fortunes

Travel to and from Polish cities are proving to be big hits for both incoming and outbound traffic, the airport claims.

In total, 2,082,116 passengers travelled to or from Oslo’s Sandefjord Airport Torp in 2018, an increase of 6% compared to the previous year and the highest number of passengers ever at the low-cost oriented airport.

It is international traffic that dominates, with 1,732,723 passengers in 2018, up 8.5% on the previous year.

With this, Torp consolidates its position as the country’s third-biggest airport for international traffic, with only Oslo and Bergen airports being larger.

“No other major airports in Norway can show stronger percentage growth,” Torp claims.

Poland is now the largest market for the airport, followed by Norway’s domestic market, then Spain, the UK and the Netherlands.

Both Wizz Air and Ryanair have extensive capacity for several of the major cities in Poland, such as Gdansk, Warsaw and Krakow/Katowice, and “several of the Polish cities have become very popular among Norwegians,” the airport says.

For Spain, both Ryanair and Norwegian have large capacity as the two airlines both fly to Alicante, Malaga and Gran Canaria. Ryanair also flies to Tenerife.

Biggest players
The biggest single international routes for Oslo Torp in 2018 were, in order, Krakow/Katowice, Gdansk, Warsaw, Alicante, Amsterdam and Manchester.

Bergen is by far the largest domestic route followed by Trondheim and Stavanger. Domestic traffic rose 4.7% from the previous year, to 349,393 passengers to and from Torp.

Ryanair and Wizz Air have the biggest market share at Torp, accounting for about two-thirds of all traffic at the airport. Both these airlines, together with Norwegian, saw “good growth” in 2018, Torp says.

“For the summer programme we’ll get a new direct route with Ryanair to Malta, we get back the charter trip to Split in Croatia (Apollo) and Antalya in Turkey also comes back (TUI and Nazar),” promises marketing and communications manager Tine Kleive-Mathisen.

“Widerøe continues with its popular summer routes directly to Bodø and Tromsø. The latest confirmation came yesterday, which is that Ryanair continues its summer route to Hamburg two days a week. Despite strong competition, we still expect moderate growth at Torp in 2019.”

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