Oslo airport cleared for expansion

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Just 12 years after it opened, Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen already is cramped for space. The state transport ministry this week approved a major expansion project and construction of a new Terminal 2.

“The project will be a major challenge,” said airport information chief Jo Kobro, noting that the first phase will begin this spring and likely won’t be finished until 2017. Later phases won’t be finished until 2029.

The expansion will result in more security checkpoints, more check-in counters, more gates and more retail outlets, including more tax-free shops.

The current airport was designed to handle 23 million passengers a year and already serves 19 million. The expansion aims to boost capacity to 28 million passengers a year.

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