The number of passengers to and from Norwegian airports continues to rise, while at the same time fewer aircraft are airborne.
In May, 4,764,241 passengers travelled to and from Avinor’s airports, which is an increase of 2.6 per cent compared to the same month last year. The number of aircraft movements in the same period was 70,592, compared to 72,485 last year. This is decline of 2.6 per cent.
“A better cabin factor on the aircraft and more large aircraft are the reasons these figures diverge somewhat,” explains Jasper Spruit, director of traffic development with Avinor.
Of the major airports, Oslo Airport saw the greatest growth. 2,504,420 passengers visited Norway’s main airport in May, up 4.4 per cent compared to last year. It is particularly international traffic that is increasing. Here 7 per cent more passengers travelled compared to last year. Domestic traffic increased by 1,6 per cent.
“This shows that the work we are doing to facilitate Norwegian value creation by making Oslo Airport an important hub is succeeding quite well,” Spruit says.
Smaller airports such as Brønnøysund and Røst saw a good increase in terms of percentages with 28.8 and 23.1 per cent growth in May respectively.
Strong international growth in the north and west
Tromsø Airport saw enormous growth in international traffic compared to last year. A huge 94 per cent more passengers travelled directly to and from international destinations from Tromsø in May. In Bodø, growth in international traffic was 45 per cent, and in Alta it was 11 per cent. Kristiansund Airport increased international traffic by an impressive 11 per cent.
“May was a month with several opportunities for a long weekend abroad. This resulted in strong growth in the number of international passengers by 6.1% in May. At the same time, days in-between public holidays led to somewhat less domestic business travel, so that the number of domestic passengers remained almost unchanged compared to last year. We’re seeing the Turkey is making a big comeback as one of the most popular holiday destinations for Norwegians. In May, the number of passengers to and from Turkey increased by a substantial 36%. The choice of routes from Avinor’s airports has significantly improved this summer, and continued strong growth in passenger numbers to Turkey is expected,” says Jasper Spruit, director of traffic development with Avinor.
Of the other major airports, overall growth was just below 2 per cent, but international traffic is also increasing well here. Bergen and Trondheim (5 per cent) and Stavanger (4 per cent) are the figures there.