Traffic increase in April
Traffic figures for April show significant growth in passenger figures at Avinor’s airports.
A total of 4,482,032 passengers travelled to, from or via Avinor's airports in April. This is an increase of 7.4 per cent compared to the same month last year.
“To be fair, the significant increase is mainly attributable to Easter. Last year Easter fell in April, and this year most of Easter fell in March. We see that domestic traffic drops and that international traffic grows in the Easter week, and this results in variations during these months,” says Jasper Spruit, VP Traffic Development in Avinor.
Positive developments in several locations
Tromsø (7.8 per cent) and Bodø (6.9 per cent) also experienced positive developments in April. In addition, there were several smaller airports who saw a large increase in the number of passengers in terms of percentages.
“Among other things, in April we saw the first jet flight by Widerøe, as they opened a route between Bergen and Tromsø with their Embraer E190-2. It was a great day for Norwegian aviation,” Spruit says.
“It’s also gratifying to see that our local airports are experiencing traffic increases. It proves that Avinor’s mission to link Norway together and link Norway to the world is being fulfilled, and that we contribute to Norwegian business and tourism.
The airports with the greatest increases in terms of percentages were Namsos (44 per cent), Brønnøysund (24.3 per cent), Honningsvåg (21.7 per cent) and Mehamn (20.8 per cent)
Increases to more destinations
Domestic traffic in April increased by 12.2 per cent compared to last year, while international traffic saw moderately weak growth of only 0.6 per cent. At the same time there are several countries and destinations that are seeing very good increases compared to the same month last year.
Warszaw grew by 93 per cent, Athens by 109 per cent and Alanya by 76 per cent.
“LOT and SAS have started direct flights to Warszaw, and Norwegian has increased the frequency of its existing route from Oslo Airport. SAS has also started a direct flight to Athens from Oslo, and Norwegian has increased its frequency as well. These are measures that obviously have a positive impact on traffic,” Spruit explains.
“We are also seeing that the trend continues for Turkey, which is making a strong comeback as a popular destination for Norwegians. SAS has increased the frequency of its flights to Antalya, which has resulted in an increase in the number of passengers.
Spain remains the most popular destination for Norwegians, but here there was a decline in figures of 10 per cent compared to April last year. This may be explained by Easter. Growth is greatest to Poland (21 per cent), as well as Sweden and France where traffic grew by 10 per cent.
“The new flight to Joon with greater capacity to Paris has an impact here, and the increase to Sweden is largely related to Easter traffic.
“More direct flights and a higher frequency has an impact both to and from Norway, and provides important added value for our country. More tourists visit us, it becomes more efficient to travel in connection with meetings for business and exporters, and it creates growth for Norwegian airlines and other aviation players,” Spruit concludes.
Most of Avinor’s airports saw growth in April. With regard to the major airports, traffic in Stavanger increased by 8.6 per cent, Bergen and Trondheim increased by 7.8 per cent, and Oslo increased by 6.9 per cent
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