Norway air travel market grows fast

More than 50 million pax using airports in 2012

Despite its small population of five million people, Norway is doing well at attracting growing numbers of airline passengers, with figures so far in 2012 suggesting that more than 50 million passengers may be passing through the country’s airports this year. In the first half of 2012, Norway’s airports saw passenger numbers rise by almost 6% to reach 24.5 million. They grew by 10% in 2011. This shows impressive resilience despite the economic climate in the rest of Europe.
Of 36 countries served with direct flights from Norway, Denmark returned as Norway’s leading market in July, beating the UK into second. Spain overtook Germany and the Netherlands to claim third. Among airlines, Norwegian is increasing its lead over SAS on international routes.
Oslo Gardermoen accounts for 44% of Norway’s passenger movements (21.1 million passengers in 2011), followed by Bergen (5.6 million), Stavanger (4.1 million), Trondheim (3.9 million), Tromsø and Bodø (both 1.8 million) and the secondary Oslo airports Moss Rygge (1.7 million) and Sandefjord Torp (1.4 million).
[pictured: New terminal being built at Oslo Gardermoen, to be ready in 2017; photo courtesy Oslo Lufthavn AS]

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