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The area where the walkway will be installed (photo: Avinor)

Oslo Airport to get “moving walkway”

The walkway is designed to cut the distance and time needed to hike to the airport’s furthest gates.

Oslo Airport is to get a “moving walkway” in an effort to reduce the amount of time airline passengers spend walking “and to improve their overall experience”, airport operator Avinor says.

The walkway will be installed on the pedestrian bridge leading to domestic arrival and departure gates B1-B8 – the furthest walking distance away from the central terminal area.

To cut the walking time, a moving walkway is to be installed in both directions. A delivery contract has been signed and work on installation and upgrading the area has already started.

“The provisional permits for the pedestrian bridge and the B gates have been extended until the end of 2021 with our intention to make this structure a permanent one,” says communications manager Joachim Westher Andersen.

“We have listened to passengers’ feedback about the distance they have to walk, and we are now installing a moving walkway in order to improve their overall travel experience.”

Bridge bus
However, until around November 7 the passenger bridge will be completely closed in order to undertake the construction work.

A “pedestrian bridge bus” will be provided during this period, which means that passengers leaving Oslo will have to use the shuttle bus when they are due to depart from one of the B gates.

“We have set up a separate shuttle bus gate in the domestic terminal,” Westher Andersen explains.

“Passengers departing from one of the B gates will see signposts showing them the way, and the buses will provide a continuous shuttle services for B-gate passengers. The rerouted course for passengers will be well marked during this period.”

Passengers arriving in Oslo on flights that park at one of the B gates will, until December, be collected from their planes by bus and driven to the arrivals hall or to a transfer point if they are in transit.

“According to our plans, the ‘pedestrian bridge bus’ will not take any longer to reach the B gates, although it might be wise for passengers departing from one of the B gates to allow an extra five to ten minutes in order to walk from the central area in the terminal,” the communications manager advises.

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