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New airport with no airlines?


SAS and Norwegian do not commit to Norway airport
A new airport in Norway has secured major financial backing, but neither of the country’s two biggest airlines are committing to basing themselves there.
The government voted last week to allocate NOK 1.5 billion (€164 million) to build the new airport, in Rana, located about midway between Trondheim and Tromsø.
An additional NOK 600 million is being pledged by the local municipality and businesses. The project’s developer, Polarsirklen lufthavnutvikling (Polar Circle Airport Development), aims to make the airport operational by 2024.
SAS, however, says the new airport would be “of no benefit to us”. The airline’s Ove Myrold told the news agency NTB: “With such a thin volume of traffic, we feel that this development is not right to prioritise.”
Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen, communications director at Norwegian: “All large transport projects have a cost overlap, and we are concerned that a development like this will lead to raised costs for airlines and thereby also higher prices for customers.”
NTB / The Local


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