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New Oslo Airport officially opens

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Airport doubles space, on budget and on time
The new Oslo Airport officially opened at noon yesterday, on budget and on time according to operator Avinor. The increased capacity is now at around 32 million passengers a year.
Following the NOK 14 billion (€1.5 billion) expansion with Nordic design, the new areas total 117,000 square metres, almost doubling the total area to 265,000 square metres. There are 11 new jet bridged gates and ten new remote aircraft parking spaces, while in the passenger terminal itself there are now 37 restaurants, ten kiosks and 21 shops.
Since construction began in 2011, there has been focus on not letting the expansion work affect the passengers and airlines, Avinor Chairman Ola Mørkved Rinnan pointed out – a challenging feat as Oslo Airport has seen a rise in traffic each year, passing 25 million passengers in 2016.
Ketil Solvik-Olsen, minister of transport and communications, added: “Norway depends on a well-functioning main airport. We now have a large international airport that will be the pride of the entire nation.”
“We have been looking forward to this day for years,” said the airport’s managing director Øyvind Hansaas, “and now we can finally announce our official opening. This paves the way for great customer experiences, with more room, restaurants and shops. We now offer even better airline facilities, and this hopefully means more direct routes to large and important markets around the world.”
One new aspect to the expansion is that the gates have been renamed. Avinor stresses that this means even experienced Nordic travellers should pay close attention to the signs.
TTG Nordic

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