US rejects Norway for airport preclearance

Airline passengers traveling from Norway to the US won’t be able to benefit from a “preclearance” program that simplifies passport control into the US. Norwegian officials are still trying to arrange for it, but they’re foiled by the lack of US-based airlines flying routes from Oslo. Newspaper Aftenposten reports that Avinor, Norway’s airport authority, still […]

Munch’s art lands at Oslo’s airport

Airline passengers taking off or landing through the new international terminal at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen will soon experience more of Norway’s affluence and cultural heritage. The new terminal itself is sleek and ultra-modern, and now airport authorities have sealed a deal with Oslo’s Munch Museum to display original works by Norway’s most famous […]

Artwork prompted airport evacuation

A small piece of ceramic artwork, shaped like a grenade, prompted police and security guards to evacuate the new terminal at Bergen’s Flesland airport on Wednesday. The artwork set off alarms during luggage screening. The ceramic, which was painted with small Norwegian flags, was packed in a suitcase and shaped so much like a grenade […]

New airport terminal opens in Bergen

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, in the middle of a re-election campaign, was on hand at the airport in her hometown of Bergen this week for the official opening of its new terminal. It comes just months after Oslo’s main airport also underwent a major expansion. Bergen’s airport at Flesland had been under pressure from the rising numbers […]

Baggage trouble delays flights at OSL

Airline passengers landing from abroad in Oslo and continuing on to other destinations within Norway have been delayed and even missed their connecting flights this summer because of trouble with OSL Gardermoen’s new system for clearing customs. The various agencies involved blame one another when the system clogs up. “We’re not causing the bottleneck,” insisted […]

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 […]

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 […]