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 […]

Heavy snow delays airline traffic

The surprise spring snowstorm that snarled vehicular traffic around eastern and southern Norway on Monday was also causing serious delays in airline traffic at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen. Buses serving the airport were also running way behind schedule. Airport officials said OSL Gardermoen was operating at half-capacity because of the sudden need to clear snow […]

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 […]

False alarm forced airport evacuation

A woman who feared she was about to miss her flight from Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen set off a fire alarm late Monday morning that forced the evacuation of large portions of the busy terminals. She missed her flight anyway, and wound up in police custody. “A female passenger pulled the fire alarm in […]

Strike averted among airport ground crews

Late-night negotiating during the weekend averted a strike by airline ground crews at four Norwegian airports. Flights were thus taking off as scheduled on Sunday, and both airlines and passengers were relieved. “It was tough but we had a good tone throughout it all,” negotiations chief Bente Ørberg of the workers’ union Junit told news bureau […]

Strike can disrupt airline traffic

A new labour conflict in Norway may disrupt airline traffic and thousands of passengers late next week. The conflict involves ground crews for Widerøe, SAS and Norwegian Air represented by labour union Junit, which is at odds with employers’ organization NHO Luftfart on a new collective bargaining contract. Both sides have been called in to the […]

Technical trouble rams Norwegian Air at OSL

Problems with Norwegian Air’s automated check-in machines at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen were causing long lines and lengthy delays for passengers on Thursday morning. Everyone checking bags had to do it manually, and wait in line for up to an hour. “There are considerable queues when many passenger have to check in manually,” airport […]

Norwegians back alcohol restrictions

An overwhelming majority of Norwegians still support the country’s strict alcohol regulations and Vinmonopolet, Norway’s state-controlled liquor retailer. Now there may also be a majority in Parliament in favour of turning tax-free sales at Norwegian airports over to Vinmonopolet. Newspaper Dagbladet reported during the weekend that several parties including the Christian Democrats, SV and the Center Party want […]