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Avinor reports year-on-year traffic rise of 3%

More than 38 million passengers have travelled to and from Avinor airports in Norway so far this year which represents a 3% rise compared with the same time last year, while 4.6 million were recorded in September alone.

Records are being broken at Oslo Airport, where 2,235,097 passengers travelled to and from Norway's principle gateway in September, an increase of 4.4% compared with the same month in 2013, while international traffic the biggest driver shooting up 6%.

Lasse A. Vangstein, a spokesman at Oslo Airport, explains the airport is happy with the numbers, and adds: "It is of course gratifying for us that we continue to see an increase in the number of passengers."

A record was also set at Oslo Airport on Friday, September 26, as never before have so many passengers travelled from the airport on a single day, when 52,657 passengers flew from the gateway.

Avinor says there has also been a "large increase" at Alta Airport where traffic growth for the month saw a significant 8% surge.

Airport manager, Charles Kristiansen, says: "The main reason is that Norwegian has increased the capacity of its Oslo route by about 25%, while we are also seeing increased activity related to petroleum activities in the Barents Sea."

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