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Oslo Airport (photo: Avinor)

Nordic hub scoops Airport of the Year award

The airport wins for its environmental pioneer spirit, its new terminal and for substantially raising passenger numbers.

Oslo Airport added to its long string of awards this week by scooping an airport of the year award at the CAPA Centre for Aviation’s Aviation Awards for Excellence in Berlin.

The Norwegian hub was awarded the prize as best Airport in Europe for 2018 in the category for medium-sized airports between 10 and 30 million annual passengers.

The award is one of many OSL has won over the last year since opening its new terminal.

Based in Sydney, CAPA is one of the world’s most reputable aviation analysts, and its awards were presented at its annual World Aviation Outlook Summit.

Oslo won, CAPA said, because it has established itself as a leading strategic player, doing a great deal to change the development of the aviation industry.

The centre also pointed to the fact that passenger numbers there have increased from 19 million passengers in 2010 to a forecast of 29 million for 2018.

In addition, environmental awareness is highlighted by geothermal projects and plans for a sustainable and energy-positive area around an existing business centre at the airport. Meanwhile, a date has been set for the implementation of electric aircraft on Norwegian domestic routes.

“Oslo airport has been an example to the European aviation industry for a number of years. The opening of the new terminal, in addition to their innovative environmental work, contributes to strengthening Norway’s main airport as a strategic leader in both Europe and the world at large,” said Peter Harbison, executive chairman of CAPA.

WOW and CityJet
In total, nine prizes were awarded at the Berlin conference, with the Icelandic WOW air winning the award for low-cost airline of the year despite its financial difficulties.

The award for best regional airline went to Ireland’s CityJet, which has also had an impact on Nordic aviation because of its ACMI activities in the region, with SAS as well as Aer Lingus, Air France, Brussels Airlines and others among its major customers.

“CityJet has been a very strong pioneer in a new vision of regional air travel operations in Europe, focusing on third party wet leasing to reduce earnings risk and create consolidation for greater efficiency,” CAPA explained at the awards.

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