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Oslo Airport (photo: Avinor/Espen Solli)

Oslo Airport celebrates 20th birthday

Competitions with prizes from airlines, and free cookies for kids, are part of the celebrations taking place this week.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of Norway’s new main airport. Over 386 million passengers have passed through its doors since October 8, 1998.

Oslo Airport was officially opened as the country’s main airport by His Majesty King Harald, and a flight by Color Air, Norway’s short-lived first low-cost carrier, was the first departure, taking off at 06.58 bound for Ålesund.

To celebrate its birthday, Avinor employees will be visible throughout the terminal all day distributing cookies and drawing books to children, along with a wheel of fortune game and pop-up concerts.

A number of competitions have been held on Facebook in collaboration with Widerøe and SAS, where ‘followers’ can win airline tickets. Two new competitions will be announced today and on Wednesday, giving followers the chance to win “an experience at the airport” and cash points from Norwegian.

The recent increase in capacity at the main airport following a period of construction equates to about 32 million passengers a year. There were 27.2 million in 2017.

“Despite a contentious start, Oslo Airport has become a huge success and passengers can now travel to and from Norway much more easily than in the past,” says Minister of Transport Jon Georg Dale. “Norway’s principle airport ensures constant traffic flow, providing a vital public service to many districts.”

“Complicated puzzle”
Work started on building a new terminal in summer 2011, consisting of a new pier covering a floor area of 63,000 m2. The terminal floor area increased by 117,000 square metres, and on April 27 last year it was officially opened. Now further expansion is planned.

“Maintaining safe, stable operation with high capacity throughout the building period without affecting passengers to any great degree was important to us. The whole thing was a complicated puzzle, but we can thank all our skilled employees and our partners for making it succeed,” says Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen.

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