Union: ‘Norwegian Air broke contract’

The head of the Norwegian Pilot Union claims Norwegian Air broke its collective bargaining contract with the union, by writing directly to its pilots and asking them to sell their days off in return for double overtime pay. The airline wouldn’t comment on the union boss’ claim. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that the airline’s […]

Baggage chaos clogged OSL Gardermoen

UPDATED: Thousands of travelers from Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen (OSL) faced long lines and risked missing their flights Thursday morning after OSL’s baggage-handling system broke down. Many had to choose between getting to the gate on time and leaving their bags behind. State broadcaster NRK reported that the technical trouble started at 6am, when […]

Doomed scheduling behind cancellations

Norwegian Air has been the target of more outrage among its passengers this week, especially after the reason for its wave of flight cancellations emerged: Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that the airline went ahead and scheduled far more flights for the busy summer travel season than they had pilots to fly, expecting that their pilots would agree […]

Norwegian strands passengers again

Flight cancellations by Oslo-based Norwegian Air left hundreds of passengers stranded both in Norway and abroad over the weekend, and disruptions may continue. The airline blamed the cancellations on a lack of pilots and some technical difficulties, and then seemed to go silent. “We haven’t even been offered so much as a cup of coffee,” fumed […]

Ailing Norwegian Air calls for ‘air-brexit’

Just a day after Norway’s gateway airport north of Oslo was celebrating its major expansion, one of its biggest customers was setting off strong turbulence within the local airline industry. Norwegian Air, faced with mounting losses, wants the Norwegian government to pull out of a long-time Scandinavian agreement involving flight routes over Russia, while arch-rival SAS claims […]

‘New OSL’ officially opens to the public

After years of soaring growth in airline traffic, Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen was officially opening its spacious new northern terminal on Thursday. Now debate is flying over whether the airport should also get funding to build a third runway. The huge expansion project at Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen (OSL) has been in the works since 2013 and is adding […]

Airport plagued by drunk passengers

Hard-drinking passengers are causing problems at the Torp Airport in Sandefjord, which offers the most routes from Norway to destinations in Eastern Europe. Police are regularly called upon to help airport officials and airlines handle unruly and drunk travelers. “We face a different drinking culture and attitudes towards what’s okay and what’s not,” Torp’s marketing chief Tine Kleive-Mathisen told […]

New owners aim to reopen airport

A group of former airport directors behind the investment firm Jotunfjell Partners has struck a deal to buy and reopen the Rygge Airport south of Moss. The airport was shut down last year after Ryanair pulled out in response to a new controversial airline seat tax in Norway. Jotunfjell Partners has bought all the shares in Rygge […]

New airline faced delay on take-off

A new airline that’s launching routes in Northern Norway, FlyViking, took off for the first time on Monday morning. Its first departure from Tromsø, however, was delayed by stormy weather that continues to hammer the far north. The airline’s maiden flight from Tromsø to Hammerfest was supposed to depart at 5:50am, with its founder Ola Giæver […]

SAS flight made an emergency landing

UPDATED: A Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) flight from Munich to Oslo had to make an emergency landing back at the Munich International Airport on Friday, after one of SAS’ Boeing 737’s engines stopped functioning. “It was terribly frightening,” one of the passengers on board, Camilla Sylling Clausen, told state broadcaster NRK. The flight took off at 1:14pm, […]