Airlines serving Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen were getting back on schedule Wednesday morning after problems with the airport’s fueling facility caused major disruption late Tuesday afternoon and evening. Some flights still had to be cancelled, though.
“Traffic is returning to normal,” airport spokesman Vegar Gystad told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “Some aircraft and crew had to land at the wrong airport last night, and it’s taking some time before all the flights could return to their routes.”
An SAS flight to Bergen had to be cancelled Wednesday morning along with two flights to Paris, but the latter was blamed on air traffic problems in France. Three charter airlines with flights bound for Greece were delayed but the disruption was nothing like the “chaos” described by some passengers Tuesday night, after the airport’s fueling facility broke down around 1:30pm. That forced aircraft to refuel from tank trucks, a much slower process, and then the trucks ran empty. Several flights had to be cancelled throughout the evening.
Airport crews didn’t manage to repair the fueling facility until 7pm, and by then both the airlines and their passengers were badly off schedule. “We’ve never had this kind of problem before,” said Gystad, adding that departing passengers on Wednesday could expect their flights to take off as planned.