Storm cancels flights, ferries

Many flights in and out of airports in Southern Norway were delayed or cancelled on Thursday, as another major storm swept in from the North Sea. Stavanger’s main airport at Sola suspended all takeoffs and landings for as long as the strong winds kept blowing.

The airports at Karmøy in Rogaland and Bodø were also forced to close while Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen was only reporting some delays and cancellations. As the storm bore down on the Oslo area, though, airport officials warned that the situation could change throughout the evening.

Avinor, the state agency in charge of Norway’s airports, was in a state of emergency preparedness nationwide because of the stormy weather, which already has been affecting flights in Northern Norway all week. Passengers were advised to stay in touch with their airlines if they were due to travel on Thursday.

Color Line cancelled all its sailings between Larvik, Kristiansand and Hirtshals in Denmark, along with its sailings between Sandefjord and Strømstad because of the storm. Waves were expected to be as high as nine meters (30 feet) out at sea.

Fjord Line also decided to keep its MS Stavangerfjord in Bergen and dropped a sailing to Stavanger, Hirthals and Langesund. The ship won’t leave Bergen until Friday afternoon.

Extreme weather was reported in Sweden and Denmark, with the strongest winds at sea and along the coast. Both countries named the weather system, with Sweden calling it “Sven” and Denmark calling it “Bodil.”

newsinenglish.no staff