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AIRPORTS Oslo


SIZE ON THE RISE


A striking new pier at Oslo Airport is scheduled to open in April, but the feature is only part of a thoroughgoing renovation that will lift capacity to 32 million WORDS: EDWARD ROBERTSON


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t may be the most eye-catching part of Oslo Airport’s five-year overhaul, but its new North


Pier is not the key part of the facility’s growth strategy. The 300-metre-long pier is scheduled to open officially on April 27, 2017 and will have 17 new aprons, of which 11 will have bridge connections. Built on two levels, the ground floor will cater for international passengers while the first floor will provide the domestic connections. Most importantly of all, the new pier will give Oslo a much-needed capacity boost as in 2016 it handled more than 25.8 million passengers, considerably more than the 17 million it was built to handle in 1998. Once completed, the airport will be able


54 ISSUE 1 ROUTES NEWS 2017 routesonline.com


to handle 32 million passengers annually while the option to extend the new North Pier by a further 100 metres will raise the capacity to 35 million if taken up. However, the pier is just one part of a


project that began in 2011 at a cost of $1.65 billion. Rebuilding work has seen the departures and arrival hall extended and the airport’s station has been enlarged, while the airport’s operator, Avinor, has taken the opportunity to change much of the commercial areas. Finally, the non-Schengen pier, which handles international travellers from outside Europe’s area of free movement, is being upgraded with increased capacity. While the North Pier may be the upgrade’s showpiece, head of


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