Snow and construction to cause OSL delays

Oslo Airport expects season’s first flurries very soon

Oslo Airport says it is expecting the season’s first snowfall in the near future. Combined with ongoing construction activity and the reconfiguration of taxiways, the airport warns there may be some flight delays in connection with the expected snowfall.

Although Oslo Airport is currently deeply involved in one of Norway’s biggest construction projects, normal airport operations have continued almost without interruption – until now.

“In connection with construction of the North Pier, we have also built new taxiways and implemented a brand new snow clearing model which will be used up to and after 2017,” says Joachim Westher Andersen, the airport’s media manager. “The construction project has increased the areas that will require snow clearing by about 700,000 m2.”

But heavy snowfall combined with the new snow clearing model and reconfiguration of taxiways can present some challenges, Andersen cautioned.

“We have to implement more space between the aircraft, both on approach and departure, to ensure safety. Also, there must be fewer aircraft moving on the ground at the same time. We will have to take this into account until the new snow clearing models are well established and the weather permits normal traffic flow.”

These aviation safety considerations could lead to some delays, he said, asking for passengers’ understanding and patience.

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[photo courtesy Oslo Airport]