NRK: Large parts of Oslo Airport Gardermoen to be closed due to the pandemic

GardermoenPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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Large parts of Oslo Airport Gardermoen are closed due to the pandemic, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports. The number of passengers has dropped dramatically.

According to NRK, Avinor has decided to close Pier Nord, which includes both domestic and international traffic, and the entire eastern part of the departure hall. 

The closure will take place “in a short time.”

“Firstly, we will operate the airport with one runway now that we are alternating between the two that we have. 

“In addition, we will now close down half of the departure hall, so only the newest part will be open in the future. 

“Passengers will experience it by seeing that we set up walls and physically closed this part of the terminal,” airport director Stine Ramstad Westby noted.

Sharp drop in traffic

The corona pandemic has led to a sharp drop in passengers in 2020. 

According to Westby, they will end up with just under 10 million passengers this year, compared to 29 million in 2019. 

Last week, traffic figures showed that the decrease in the number of passengers was 86% compared to the same week the year before.

The airport director fears mass redundancies in the spring.

“I think we are facing a tough winter, with low traffic – especially abroad,” Westby told NRK.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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