More long lines at passport control

Norwegians taking off on summer holidays and tourists heading for home once again faced long lines at passport control at Oslo’s main airport, OSL Gardermoen, Tuesday morning. It was another reminder that it can still be necessary for those traveling out of the EU’s Schengen area to get to the airport early. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

Airport strike threat delayed until fall

Passengers flying out on summer holidays could breathe a sigh of relief Friday morning. Mediators of a conflict between airport management and emergency crews recommended a “pause” in negotiations, with a new strike deadline set for midnight on September 4. “It was absolutely out of consideration for passengers that made us decide it was better […]

Technicians call off airport strike threat

The first of two possible strikes at Norwegian airports this week was averted during the night. State mediators were involved, but a representative for the workers claimed the two sides hammered out a settlement themselves. After five hours of negotiations in overtime, the union representing technicians and mechanics (Norsk Flytekniker Organisasjon, NFO) came to terms […]

Strikes may hit airports

Mediation was beginning this week in an effort to ward off strikes by labour organizations representing emergency crews and technicians at Norwegian airports. The workers haven’t been willing to go along with demands for changes in pension plans. In the event of a strike by emergency crews, Stavanger’s airport (Lufthavn Sola) will likely close since […]

More expansion at OSL Gardermoen

Norway’s gateway airport, OSL Gardermoen, is calling in construction crews again. Just a year after opening its new terminal, airport officials see a need to expand the eastern pier that handles flights bound for destinations outside the so-called “Schengen area” of Europe. “Traffic to and from countries outside Schengen has shown considerably larger growth than […]

Plane belly-flopped in Stavanger

A propeller plane came in from the north for landing at the airport in Stavanger Monday morning without its pilot being aware that the plane’s landing gear hadn’t come down. The plane thus made a hard landing on the belly of its fuselage, but it came to a stop and no one was injured. The […]

OSL Gardermoen sets a new record

Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen, OSL, opened expanded terminals last year and they’ve been well used already. Airport officials reported over the weekend that traffic through OSL last year set another record. A total of 27 million people traveled through OSL in 2017, an increase of 1.6 million from 2016. Those traveling to and from […]

Northern Norway’s ‘biggest move ever’

The northern Norwegian city of Bodø has approved ambitious plans to literally move its airport just 900 meters, thereby opening up valuable new waterfront land for redevelopment. If also approved by Parliament, it will be the biggest land-based construction project ever undertaken in Northern Norway, and further boost a city that’s already blossoming. Bodø’s City […]

Ryanair may fly again from Rygge

Ireland’s cut-rate carrier Ryanair confirmed on Monday that it’s interested in re-opening a base at the Rygge airport in Moss, south of Oslo. Its decision to finally accept labour unions and Norwegian taxes has apparently cleared the way for a comeback. Norwegian website Nettavisen reported that Ryanair’s outspoken chief executive Michael O’Leary told analysts Monday […]

Domestic carriers team up on ticketing

Widerøe, the Norwegian airline serving small airports around the country, is teaming up with the larger Norwegian Air to offer joint ticketing on several of their domestic routes. Their agreement will, for the first time, allow passengers traveling within Norway to fly on just one ticket, thereby cutting connection times and passenger taxes. The two […]