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Traffic up 2.7% in 2014 at Avinor gateways

Traffic to and from Avinor airports increased by 2.7% in 2014, with passenger numbers reaching more than 50 million.

Meanwhile, the Norwegian operator says a leveling-off trend is apparent, and some places have seen a slight reduction in the number of travellers, as while traffic growth at Avinor airports topped 4.3% in 2013, the rate in 2014 was 1.6% lower.

The trend over the past few months has also shown several signs of a leveling-off of traffic, and in December, overall growth at Avinor airports ended at 0.6% compared with last December, and the previous month saw a slight decline in traffic.

Avinor CEO, Dag Falk-Petersen, explains: “Although a new traffic record was set in 2013 with over 50 million passengers at our airports, 2014 saw a clear trend towards a leveling off of traffic, which began last autumn.

“So the question is whether we are facing a prolonged period of slower growth and possible decline in traffic or whether the picture will change as the year unfolds.”

Last year, Oslo Airport saw traffic rise 4.8% compared with 2013, while Stavanger and Trondheim airports noted respective growth rates of 0.3% and 1.4%.

Bergen Airport saw a 0.4% decline in passenger traffic last year, while the December figures for Norway’s four largest airports showed growth for Oslo Airport (more than 2%), traffic at the other three decreased slightly.

Øyvind Hasaas, managing director of Oslo Airport, says: “Passenger growth was strong for the first ten months, but slowed towards the end of the year.

“We saw growth in both November and December, but at a somewhat lower rate than expected. Flight schedules have been adjusted at several airports - and there is greater uncertainty in the market, due in part to low oil prices and how this will impact the Norwegian economy.”

The number of aircraft movements (departures and landings) went up 2.7% in 2014.

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