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 […]

Rygge airport quiet after last take-off

Moss Lufthavn Rygge sent off its last commercial flight Saturday night and the airport is now officially closed after great turbulence during the past year. As employees and airport officials gathered to mourn the loss of their workplace, others are still working to re-launch civilian aviation operations against heavy odds. The last flight from Rygge, a […]

Conflicts collide in passport queues

Hapless visitors to Norway and returning residents have become pawns in a conflict that’s reached the boiling point amongst police officers, their superiors and top political officials. At issue are funding and human resources for border patrol at Norway’s gateway airport, where arriving passengers have been facing excessively long waits for passport control. There were even threats […]

Still long lines at passport control

Long lines and delays for both arriving and departing international passengers at Norway’s gateway airport, OSL Gardermoen, have prompted Justice Minister Anders Anundsen to send in reinforcements. The police assigned to such border patrol duty, however, immediately complained that 14 new positions ordered by Anundsen over the weekend aren’t enough. “No, this won’t help when you see […]

Revived hopes for Rygge crash-land again

Not much came out of a meeting this week between a group of high-powered investors led by a former defense minister and the current owners of the Rygge airport south of Moss. The group had no concrete plans to present about new commercial airline customers for the airport, and the owners were disappointed. “I can’t […]

Investors try to keep Rygge airport open

A group of high-profile investors, businessmen and a former defense minister are actively trying to ward off the looming shutdown of commercial airline operations at the Rygge airport south of Moss. They have political support from both state and local governments, but lack any firm deals to ensure more takeoffs and landings. “This is an investment of the heart, […]