Small decrease in passenger numbers in June – growth in the first six months

Oslo AirportOslo Airport. Photo: Photocredit: Tommy Normann

The number of passengers at Avinor’s airports decreased in June by 0.7 per cent to 4.9 million passengers. Compared to the previous year, domestic passenger traffic was reduced by 1 per cent while international traffic remained at the same level.

Strong growth in Bodø
Bodø Airport recorded the highest growth of the major airports with a 4.1 per cent increase in passenger numbers. Oslo Airport and Trondheim Airport Værnes also saw a growth in traffic by 1.7 and 1.3 per cent respectively.

In Bergen and Stavanger the decrease continues, especially within offshore traffic. At Bergen Airport Flesland there was a decrease of 1.9 per cent, while it was 9 per cent down at Stavanger Airport Sola.

Spain and Denmark grow the most, strong decline for Turkey as a destination

Among the biggest markets the highest increase in traffic was to Spain (11%) and Denmark (5%), while Turkey (-37 %) and Germany (-10 %) saw a decline.

“The decline in traffic to Turkey is probably due to the recent political events there. Passengers seem to be choosing other destinations. The decline to Germany can be explained by Lufthansa’s decision to close the route from Frankfurt to Stavanger”, says head of communications at Avinor, Gurli Høeg Ulverud.

There has also been solid growth in June for Greece, Italy, Croatia and Bulgaria.Norwegian’s new flight to Boston contributed strongly to the 5 per cent increase in US traffic.

Growth in the first six months of 2016
A 1.6 per cent growth in passenger traffic at Avinor’ airports in the first six months of 2016 gave a total of almost 25 million passengers. In the same period, the amount of airplane movements has decreased by 2 per cent.
There has been growth in Tromsø, Bodø, Oslo and Trondheim while traffic has gone down in Stavanger and Bergen.

“The Passenger Charge was introduced on 1 June, and this might dampen the growth. However, it is too early to say anything conclusive about this yet”, says Ulverud.


Source: Avinor / Norway Today