Airports asked to restrict alcohol sales

Flights attendants at both Norwegian Air and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) are asking state airports agency Avinor to crack down both on their bars and tax-free sales of alcoholic beverages. They’re tired of having to deal with drunken passengers on board flights, and claim it threatens airline safety. Flight attendant unions want to forbid sales of […]

Unruly passenger forced emergency landing

A man in his 60s went amok on board a commercial airliner as it was flying over the North Sea on Thursday morning, prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in Stavanger after the man tried to break into the cockpit. Norwegian police were still gathering details but reported that the incident was not […]

‘Flyskam’ won’t halt summer holidays

School’s out, Parliament has closed and Norway’s traditional month-long summer holiday period began this week with some welcome sunshine and warmer temperatures. Norwegians’ travel plans still don’t seem to be disrupted by flyskam, the new Swedish term for being ashamed to fly because of climate concerns. “Are we ashamed enough to drop flight plans?” asked […]

Data problems halted all flights

Staff at Norway’s airport authority Avinor woke up to a nightmare on Friday, when the data network that provides air traffic information crashed for several hours. The cause of the crash, which forced closure of all Norwegian airspace, was unclear and the prospect of hacking was under investigation. Avinor officials claims the problem  occured “outside Norway,” […]

Tourists caught in ‘chaos’ on Rhodes

Around 1,000 Norwegians on holiday in Greece were among those stranded by reportedly “technical problems” at the airport on Rhodes Sunday. They resorted to sleeping on the floor of the terminal and in hotel lobbies, while they waited to head home. “We can’t promise anything, but I hope and think that they’ll all get flights […]

More long lines at passport control

Norwegians taking off on summer holidays and tourists heading for home once again faced long lines at passport control at Oslo’s main airport, OSL Gardermoen, Tuesday morning. It was another reminder that it can still be necessary for those traveling out of the EU’s Schengen area to get to the airport early. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

Airport strike threat delayed until fall

Passengers flying out on summer holidays could breathe a sigh of relief Friday morning. Mediators of a conflict between airport management and emergency crews recommended a “pause” in negotiations, with a new strike deadline set for midnight on September 4. “It was absolutely out of consideration for passengers that made us decide it was better […]

Technicians call off airport strike threat

The first of two possible strikes at Norwegian airports this week was averted during the night. State mediators were involved, but a representative for the workers claimed the two sides hammered out a settlement themselves. After five hours of negotiations in overtime, the union representing technicians and mechanics (Norsk Flytekniker Organisasjon, NFO) came to terms […]

Strikes may hit airports

Mediation was beginning this week in an effort to ward off strikes by labour organizations representing emergency crews and technicians at Norwegian airports. The workers haven’t been willing to go along with demands for changes in pension plans. In the event of a strike by emergency crews, Stavanger’s airport (Lufthavn Sola) will likely close since […]

More expansion at OSL Gardermoen

Norway’s gateway airport, OSL Gardermoen, is calling in construction crews again. Just a year after opening its new terminal, airport officials see a need to expand the eastern pier that handles flights bound for destinations outside the so-called “Schengen area” of Europe. “Traffic to and from countries outside Schengen has shown considerably larger growth than […]