New arrival routines clog Oslo airport
March 7, 2013
Thousands of airline passengers were hit with travel delays of as much as two hours on Thursday, reportedly because of new routines for airline arrivals into Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen (OSL). Delays in incoming traffic led to delays for outgoing as well.
“The airport is functioning as normal, but the problems are up in the airspace and affect when airlines should land,” OSL spokesman Joachim Westher Andersen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). He said both Norwegian Air and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) had introduced new routines in cooperation with air traffic authority Avinor that were supposed to speed up arrivals but instead created problems for existing systems.
An Avinor spokesman said arrivals thus had to be coordinated manually at the airport itself, which caused the delays. A spokesman for Norwegian said they were working hard to get back on schedule, but he couldn’t say when that would occur and that passengers should expect delays throughout the day.
Andersen stressed that passengers should continue to arrive at the airport as scheduled, and then remain oriented with their airline.