In co-operation with the largest exporters within the seafood industry, operator, Avinor, has worked on a feasibility study for facilitating a new “world-class” seafood centre for air cargo.
The 15,000sqm complex would boast industrial facilities and be built to accommodate future growth, commerce and value creation in the aquaculture industry.
Avinor notes that its development “will be important for the Norwegian export industry at large” and will be “crucial for reaching the seafood industry’s export goals in the future”.
It also wants to make new areas available for carriers with activities directly linked to air cargo.
“The current direct flight capacity from Norway is not sufficient to meet the increased demand for fresh seafood in Asia and North America, says Avinor CEO, Dag Falk-Petersen.
“Every day, almost 600 tons of Norwegian seafood is exported as air cargo to the world. Only 30% of this goes by air from Oslo Airport, the rest is carried by land transport to Europe for flight connections to Asia and North America.
“The main players in the Norwegian export industry want future-oriented facilities at Oslo Airport.
“These must be able to accommodate future growth, ensure top product quality and facilitate export of Norwegian seafood in an even better way.”
He continues: “We are therefore inviting private actors in the export industry to build and operate a state-of-the-art seafood centre that will give Norway an important competitive advantage compared to other countries and airports.”
Today, salmon is the number one air cargo product in Europe and, according to Avinor, the volumes from Norway give it a significant competitive advantage in attracting new inter-continental routes in the future.
The move is supported by the Norwegian Seafood Federation, which wants to strengthen Oslo Airport as a national hub for air cargo.
It says that the close distance to the main distribution sites in Norway, in addition to the steady increase in intercontinental flights, makes the country’s biggest airport well suited for facilitating growth and value creation within air cargo.
“The seafood industry is vital for the Norwegian economy, and there is a huge potential for increasing value creation in the years to come,” says Trond Davidsen, deputy managing director of the Norwegian Seafood Federation.
“New and future-oriented facilities at Oslo Airport for transport of fresh seafood to Asia and North America will make the Norwegian seafood industry even more competitive.”