Summer holidays got off to a stressful start for thousands of travelers at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen this week, when large crowds and even a power failure led to long lines at check-in and security. Airport officials advised holiday makers to arrive well ahead of flight time.
Around 70,000 persons are expected to pass through Gardermoen every day during the busy summer travel months. Lines got even longer on Monday when a power failure during the morning rush led to technical problems that necessitated manual check-in procedures.
There were also unusually long lines at passport and security checkpoints. One passenger on a morning flight to London described the situation as “complete chaos,” with the line at security extending to the entrance of the cavernous departure hall at Gardermoen. The line at passport control for flights out of the Schengen area in Europe was estimated at around 60 to 70 meters long.
“There were apologies and warnings over the public address system that it would take around a half-hour to get through the passport line,” Magnus Vatn told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
The situation improved somewhat during the day and airport officials have also started using a special security line for families with small children, to speed up the process.