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AIRPORTS Oslo The Disney film


Frozen has boosted US tourism in Bergen


“We have a huge interest from China,


South Korea, India and Japan,” she adds. “As a result, we have employed Ulv Elbirk as director of Asian development and he is based in Hong Kong.” Additional Asian and American routes should help to attract both Europeans and Norwegians wanting to fly long haul from the facility. Andersen says this means Oslo Airport is


communications Joachim Andersen says it is the work being done on the non- Schengen zone, which has 14 gates and handled 3.45 million travellers in 2015, that will be a key area of focus once it begins in April. This is despite it being less than a third of the 10.31 million Schengen and domestic travellers using the rest of the airport.


Andersen adds: “We are continually working to get more routes from other countries and we want more long-haul routes. The area we have is too small and we need to provide better facilities for both passengers and airlines.” Director of aviation marketing Silke


Salbert agrees, saying: “We would like to expand generally with the long-haul flights and the US and Asia are two key markets we are targeting. “We have a rising number of US tourists and they’re much more interested in us. It started with the Northern Lights but then the Frozen Disney movie was set in Bergen, which drove interest. “The Bergen region as


a destination is becoming more popular – you can stop for two days in Oslo and then fly further on and reach all the highlights Norway has to offer.” Andersen claims Oslo


In numbers: Oslo Airport


Total passenger numbers (2016): 25.8 million


Total international passenger numbers (2016):


Airport offers American travellers the shortest distance from the Nordics to the American continent. Flights to the US could become even more popular out of Oslo if the airport were able to get pre-clearance facilities to the country – which he hopes can happen by 2020. Salbert says the other key long-haul


market remains Asia as the airport tries to take advantage of its geographical location, which makes it one of the shorter routes to the east.


56 ISSUE 1 ROUTES NEWS 2017 routesonline.com 14.5 million


Total domestic passenger numbers (2016): 11.2 million


Number of routes (2016): 145


Number of countries served (2016): 40


Cargo volume (2015): 130,000 tons


Air transport movements (Dec 2015-Nov 2016): 239,784


Total aviation revenue (Dec 2015-Nov 2016): $228.7 million


working to attract more international routes as the domestic market is largely saturated – currently 45% of all traffic generated by the country’s 46 airports is domestic. He adds: “We have a very high number of airports compared with many other countries and regions and it is just because of the way our geography is. If you have huge mountains, then you would rather fly than take a train across them. “Airports are incredibly important for us in Norway and we cannot survive without them.” Salbert agrees, adding that the airport’s challenge is ensuring that all the current work is completed and has the intended effect of not just adding more capacity but making it easier for anyone using the airport.


Only then can they start considering the list of further improvements, which remains considerable. Salbert says: “We can attract new low-


cost airlines and we have a rising demand from them, so we have to think about how we can work with them in the future. “We have advised the Norwegian government that we need a third runway, then we have to think about how we further develop strategically the whole of the airport and meet the requirements of both airlines and passengers. It is very important for us to be an international hub but we are not there yet.” If the North Pier remains a sign of


intent, it seems likely they soon will be. £


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