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Construction time again for Oslo Airport

Following what has already been large-scale building works, now another part of the terminal will get an upgrade.

The airside part of the terminal at Oslo Airport is about to get a major upgrade, which airport operator Avinor says will provide “a significantly better service” for people travelling to and from countries outside the Schengen area.

Coming in the wake of what has already been large-scale reconstruction, the new building work starts in early October and the expansion will be completed in the second quarter of 2022. Disruption for passengers and airlines will be kept to a minimum, the operator promises.

The total budget for the extension is NOK 3.3 billion (€350 million), to be financed by Avinor.

“This expansion is important for developing Oslo Airport as an international hub,” says Avinor’s chief executive, Dag Falk-Petersen.

“It will provide increased capacity and improve conditions for our passengers and airlines, as well as improving the framework conditions for Norwegian travel, tourism and business.”

The current capacity of the area for traffic outside the Schengen zone is 5.5 million passengers per year, which will grow to around 8 million following the expansion.

In recent years, traffic to and from countries beyond Europe has experienced considerably greater growth than traffic within it, Falk-Petersen explains.

It is “absolutely essential” that better infrastructure is built for these passengers, he says, to “increase Norway’s competitiveness” compared to other major airports in the Nordic region. Work will start on October 1.

Flexible gates
There will be a total of 14 aircraft stands, four of which will be “flexible gates” for larger planes that can handle traffic from areas both inside and outside Schengen.

The extension will provide a total area of almost 40,000 square metres specifically for travellers to countries beyond Schengen.

The expansion also includes adaptations for US Preclearance, although a prerequisite for realising such a solution is a binding participation from relevant airlines and a bilateral deal between the United States and Norway.

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