Published on : Wednesday, April 27, 2016
One year to go before the grand opening of the new Oslo Airport, and the project is on track. When the doors open on 27th of April 2017, Norway will have a main airport that has nearly doubled in size and has capacity to serve up to 30 million passengers per year.
“The development is proceeding according to plan and parts of the new Oslo Airport will be opened to the public as early as this year. The entire project will be complete and ready to go when we cut the ribbon on Thursday, 27 April 2017,” says airport director Øyvind Hasaas at Avinor Oslo Airport.
Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen says he is very pleased that there is just one year to go until the grand opening.
“Oslo Airport is the most important hub in the Norwegian transportation sector, and passengers will soon be able to enjoy a much larger, better and more efficient airport,” he says.
Simultaneous operations and construction
It has been an important criterion from the very start that the development activity must not impede air traffic. Since the first ground-breaking in June 2011, travellers have not really taken much notice of Norway’s largest land-based construction project. Twice during this period, Oslo Airport has been named Europe’s most punctual.
“It is no easy task to operate a major international airport and a huge construction site at the very same time. All our employees have done a remarkable job throughout these years, and we are now heading into the final stretch,” says Hasaas.
Visible construction site
Around 1600 workers are toiling away at the construction site every day, and with one year to go, 94 per cent of the project is complete. The development is now entering a phase which could mean that travellers might be affected to a greater degree than before.
“This year will be the first time that travellers will really see and feel that they are actually passing through a construction site. While we will continue to do everything in our power to make sure that this activity does not interfere with a good travel experience, we will have to resort to a number of temporary solutions, which could mean more crowded conditions on days with heavy passenger traffic,” says Hasaas.
New path for domestic passengers
The path for passengers arriving on domestic flights is already being re-routed. This is a temporary solution, but for the passengers this will be their first encounter with parts of the new airport.
“Starting today and up to 1 September, all arriving domestic passengers must take a new temporary path via the new arrivals hall. The re-routing is a result of the significant construction activity taking place in the area normally traversed by passengers. However, Hasaas assures us that this will not have any practical consequences for travellers.
According to plan, the new arrival hall for domestic passengers will open on Thursday, 1 September, which means that the current hall will close. After this time, the current hall will be modified and rebuilt to ultimately become part of the current international arrivals hall. This will mean improved capacity and more space for passengers arriving on both domestic and international flights.
“This will be the first major opening at the new Oslo Airport, and we are excited! We need more room for arriving passengers and we feel certain that this will be a welcome improvement,” says Hasaas.
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