​The new Bergen Airport, Flesland is officially open

Bergen airportPrime minister Erna Solberg opened the new Bergen airport. (Photo: Stine Østby/Avinor)

​The revamped Bergen Airport, Flesland is officially opened

The new Bergen Airport was officially opened today. The new terminal, which opened on time and within budget, has capacity for 10 million passengers per year.

 

Government and Norwegian aviation representatives and other specially invited guests gathered at the airport, which was officially opened by Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Solberg spoke about how the airport is important for the entire region:

“Flesland plays a vital role in tourism and industry in the region. Now that the airport has doubled its capacity, we have a large international airport that Western Norway can be proud of.

This is a state-run flagship project that has run on schedule and within budget and Avinor can be proud of the work that went into this expansion”, according to the Prime Minister.

Important for Norwegian aviation

Bergen Airport has now become a modern, well-oiled operation with the capacity to cater for up to 10 million passengers per year.

Travellers can enjoy a more spacious airport with an increased number of restaurants and shops. The design of the airport and technical solutions offer big energy savings in addition to environmental benefits. Good planning has facilitated the flow of people, benefiting both travellers and airlines. There is also a natural universal design.

“We’re now providing even better facilities for travellers and airlines. Hopefully this will mean more direct flights to big, important domestic and foreign destinations”, says Aslak Sverdrup, Airport Director.

Biofuel available

Together with the opening of the new terminal at Flesland, sustainable biofuel has become available to airlines.

“We are delighted to be only the second airport in Norway who are now making aviation biofuel available to airlines. This is an important step in establishing a market and infrastructure for the production and delivery of biofuel on a large scale”, says Aslak Sverdrup, Airport Director at Bergen Airport.

A big thanks to the employees

“This is a very important day for Norwegian aviation and we are very proud of the new Flesland. Bergen now has a fantastic airport that will take us into the future. Thousands of people have been working day and night since the decision to expand was made in 2014. Everyone who was involved deserves a big round of applause today”, says Dag Falk-Petersen, CEO of Avinor.

Follow the signs and switch off your auto pilot

With the new terminal, most things at the airport are now new, meaning that anyone travelling to or from Flesland should switch off their auto pilot and follow the signs.

“At Flesland, travellers will find that everything is new, and we encourage everyone to arrive a little bit earlier, switch off their auto pilot and follow the signs at the airport the first time they use the new terminal”, concludes Aslak Sverdrup, Airport Director.

 

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