More and more Norwegians want to travel abroad. From July 5, the Norwegian government is easing its travel council, and people from several European countries will be released from entry quarantine.
“The booking numbers abroad increased after the government announced changes in the travel councils,” press manager John Eckhoff in SAS told news bureau NTB.
With the new rules coming into force on Monday, more European countries will be “green” on the National Institute of Public Health’s (FHI) infection map.
Stronger increase in booking over the autumn
Eckhoff states that although most Norwegians have planned a Norwegian holiday this summer, more will travel abroad between August and the autumn.
SAS expects only 40% of traffic compared to a normal summer for international traffic.
“There are far fewer flights abroad planned than normal, and thus it is also a good idea to be out early with a booking if you want to travel abroad,” he said.
Avinor confirmed that it would probably be busier at Norwegian airports in the future, and from this week, they expect 30,000-35,000 passengers at Oslo Airport. The number will increase throughout July.
“We have seen a steady stream of passengers. It is not a big increase from day to day, but it is going up steadily,” communications manager Nora Prestaasen in Avinor told news bureau NTB.
Strong increase in European travel with Norwegian
At Norwegian, foreign bookings began to increase as early as June 18, when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs repealed its travel advice for the EEA, Schengen, and the United Kingdom so that more people could travel abroad.
“In general, the demand for flights is affected by the government’s travel advice, but once the rules are eased, bookings go up quickly,” press officer Andreas Hjørnholm in Norwegian told NTB.
Norwegian reports that the Mediterranean destinations Spain and Greece are especially popular this year as well as big travel cities – Barcelona, Berlin, and Paris.
“Norwegians would like to travel this summer, it is clear,” Hjørnholm said.
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