A total of 11,796,812 passengers travelled to and from Oslo Airport in the first half of 2015 compared with 11,728,252 in the first half of 2014. This provides a traffic growth rate of 0.6 per cent. The number of aircraft movements fell from 119,787 in 2014 to 114,915 in 2015, a decline of 4.1 per cent.
“The largest increase we see is in scheduled international flights, which rose 4.1 per cent from 6,273,717 to 6,400 902. The largest percentage decline noted was in charter traffic, which went from 520,681 in the first half of last year to 413,207 in the first half of this year, a decrease of 20.6 per cent,” says Jasper Spruit, director of traffic development at Oslo Airport.
Slight decline in June
Traffic figures for June show a slight decrease compared with the same month last year. 2,433,510 travelled in June 2015, compared with 2,437,723 in June 2014. This represents a decline of 0.2 per cent. Figures for June 2015 are still high, since June 2014 still holds the record for number of passengers in a single month.
Stavanger notes biggest decline
The three main routes from Oslo Airport continue to be destinations in Norway, with Trondheim on top in front of Bergen and Stavanger. The route to Trondheim is clearly the biggest with nearly one million passengers. The services to Copenhagen and Stockholm follow in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The route to Stavanger has seen the largest decline so far this year, with 767,559 travelling in the first half of 2015 compared with 802,832 in 2014, a decline of 4.4 per cent
“There was a decline in domestic traffic from 5,454,535 in the first half of 2014 to 5,395,910 in 2015, or 1.1 per cent. The decline appears to be linked to oil-related business, which is especially apparent on the route between Oslo and Stavanger, where roughly 35,000 fewer travelled this year compared with last year,” says Spruit.