Domestic traffic grows rapidly, while Turkish upgrades Oslo route
The number of passengers who travelled via Norway’s airports increased by 3.2% during November compared with the same month last year, reaching 2.66 million.
Domestic traffic grew 3.9%, while international traffic increased by a more measured 2.1%. Among the domestic flights, the better-known routes between Oslo and Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø saw particularly strong growth.
“In terms of international traffic, we saw major growth on routes to Finland, Germany and the Netherlands in November,” said Jasper Spruit, vice president for traffic development at airport operator Avinor. “We can see that the number of passengers flying between Avinor’s airports and connections in Helsinki, Frankfurt, Munich and Amsterdam is increasing.”
Among Avinor’s ten largest airports, the strongest passenger growth is being seen at Harstad/Narvik, Tromsø and Ålesund, which all experienced growth of over 8%. Oslo and Bergen saw increases of about 4%.
There was also strong growth at smaller airports in northern Norway, such as Hammerfest, Mosjøen, Stokmarknes, Mehamn and Berlevåg, which all had passenger growth of over 10% during the month.
So far this year, passenger growth at Avinor’s airports has totalled 4.3% compared with the previous year, so the growth appears to be slowing somewhat.
In related news, Turkish Airlines says it will upgrade one of its two daily flights to Oslo from its Istanbul Ataturk base to a widebody A330.
This latest capacity increase for Oslo, which follows for example Qatar Airways announcing it will add more frequencies, starts from March 25 – bringing an additional 40,000 seats between the two airports in 2018 and enhancing the already strong connectivity between the two Star Alliance hubs.
“Following the introduction of this aircraft, it will provide additional comfort to passengers. For instance, the passengers will be able to experience its fully-flat bed in its business class product for the first time on Istanbul-Oslo,” Spruit explains. “The A330 will also give the additional opportunity to send Norwegian seafood via the Istanbul hub.”