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Oslo Airport, Gardermoen

Oslo Airport
Oslo lufthavn
Airport type Public
Operator Oslo Lufthavn AS (part of Avinor)
Serves Oslo, Norway
Location Gardermoen, Ullensaker, Akershus
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 681 ft / 208 m
OSL is located in Akershus
Location in Akershus county
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01L/19R 3,600 11,811 Asphalt/concrete
01R/19L 2,950 9,678 Asphalt/concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 24,269,152
International 13,361,608
Domestic 10,907,544
Aircraft movements 237,594

Oslo Airport (ICAO: ENGM) is the principal airport serving Oslo, the capital of and most populous city in Norway. Oslo is also served by the low-cost Torp and Rygge airports. Oslo Airport acts as the main domestic hub and international airport for Norway, and is the second-busiest airport in the Nordic countries. Being a hub for Scandinavian Airlines, an operating base for Norwegian Air Shuttle, and a focus city for Widerøe, it connects to 28 domestic and about 115 international destinations.[3] More than 24,2 million passengers traveled through the airport in 2014, making Oslo Airport the seventeenth-busiest airport in Europe.

The airport is located 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi) northeast of Oslo, at Gardermoen in the municipality of Ullensaker, in Akershus county.[1] It has two parallel roughly north–south runways measuring 3,600 metres (11,811 ft) and 2,950 metres (9,678 ft) and 71 aircraft stands, of which 34 have jet bridges. The airport is connected to the city center by the high-speed railway Gardermoen Line served by mainline trains and Flytoget. The ground facilities are owned by Oslo Lufthavn AS, a subsidiary of the state-owned Avinor. Also at the premises is Gardermoen Air Station, operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force. An expansion with a new terminal building and a third pier is scheduled to open in 2017.[4] Oslo Airport is the largest and busiest of three major international airports located around Oslo.

The airport location was first used by the Norwegian Army from 1740, with the first military airport facilities being built during the 1940s. The airport remained a secondary reserve and airport for chartered flights to Oslo Airport, Fornebu until 8 October 1998, when the latter was closed and an all-new Oslo Airport opened at Gardermoen, at the expense of 11.4 billion Norwegian kroner (NOK).


  • History 1
    • Military and secondary 1.1
    • Localization debate 1.2
    • Construction 1.3
    • Opening and growth 1.4
  • Facilities 2
    • Terminal 2.1
    • Art and architecture 2.2
    • Runways and air control 2.3
    • Air station 2.4
  • Organization 3
  • Airlines and destinations 4
    • Passenger 4.1
    • Charters 4.2
    • Cargo 4.3
  • Statistics 5
  • Ground transportation 6
  • Plans 7
  • The name 8
  • Controversies 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
    • Notes 11.1
    • Bibliography 11.2
  • External links 12


Military and secondary

Gardermoen in 1904, while it was still an army camp

The Norwegian–Danish army started using Gardermoen as a camp in 1740, although it was called Fredericksfeldt until 1788. It was first used by the cavalry, then by the dragoons and in 1789 by the riding marines. The base was also taken into use by the infantry from 1834 and by the artillery from 1860. Tents were solely used until 1860, when the first barracks and stalls were taken into use. Isolated buildings were built around 1900, allowing the camp to be used year-round. By 1925, the base had eleven camps and groups of buildings.[5] The first flight at Gardermoen happened in 1912, and Gardermoen became a station for military flights. However, only fields and dirt surfaces were used.[6]

During the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, the Luftwaffe took over Gardermoen, and built the first proper airport facilities with hangars and two crossing runways, both 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) long. After World War II, the airport was taken over by the Norwegian Air Force and made the main air station. Three fighter and one transport squadron were stationed at the Gardermoen.[5]

In 1946, Braathens SAFE established their technical base at the airport, but left two years later. Gardermoen also became the reserve airport for Oslo Airport, Fornebu, when the latter was closed due to fog. From 1946 to 1952, when a longer runway was built at Fornebu, all intercontinental traffic was moved to Gardermoen. Gardermoen grew up as a training field for the commercial airlines and as local airport for general aviation. Some commercial traffic returned again in 1960, when SAS received its first Sud Aviation Caravelle jet aircraft, that could not use the runway at Fornebu until it was extended again in 1962. SAS introduced a direct flight to New York in 1962, but it was quickly terminated.[7]

In 1972, capacity restraints forced the authorities to move all charter traffic from Fornebu to Gardermoen. However, SAS and Braathens SAFE were allowed to keep their charter services from Fornebu, so they would not have to operate from two bases.[8] A former hangar was converted to a terminal building and in 1974 passenger numbers were at 269,000 per year. In 1978, SAS started a weekly flight to New York. In 1983, further restrictions were enforced, and also SAS and Braathens SAFE had to move their charter operations to Gardermoen, increasing passenger numbers that year to 750,000. Several expansions of runway were made after the war, and by the 1985-extension the north-south runway was 3,050 metres (10,010 ft).[9]

Localization debate

The first airports to serve Oslo was Kjeller Airport that opened in 1912 and Gressholmen Airport that served seaplanes after its opening in 1926.[10] Norway's first airline, Det Norske Luftfartrederi, was founded in 1918 and the first scheduled fights were operated by Deutsche Luft Hansa to Germany with the opening of Gressholmen.[11] In 1939, a new combined sea and land airport opened at Fornebu.[12] It was gradually expanded, with a runway capable of jet aircraft opening in 1962 and a new terminal building in 1964. But due to its location on a peninsula about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from the city center and close to large residential areas, it would not be possible to expand the airport sufficiently to meet all foreseeable demand in the future.[13] Following the 1972 decision to move charter traffic to Gardermoen, politicians were forced to choose between a "divided solution" that planners stated would eventually force all international traffic to move to Gardermoen, or to build a new airport.[14]

Entrance to Terminal 3

Gardermoen had been proposed as a main airport for Oslo and Eastern Norway as early as 1946, both by the local newspaper Romerikes Blad and by Ludvig G. Braathen, who had just founded Braathens SAFE.[15] In 1970, a government report recommended that a new main airport be built at Hobøl, but stated that the time was still not right. The areas were therefore reserved.[16] During the 1970s, it became a political priority by the socialist and center parties to reduce state investments in Eastern Norway to stimulate growth in rural areas.[17] In 1983, parliament voted to keep the divided solution permanently, and expand Fornebu with a larger terminal.[18]

By 1985, traffic had increased so much that it became clear that by 1988 all international traffic would have to move to Gardermoen. The areas at Hobøl had been freed up, and a government report was launched recommending that a new airport be built at Gardermoen, although an airport at

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See also

According to NOK 100 million in compensation from Avinor. The head of Avinor said that the agency may pay compensation to the airlines, also saying that "they did not get a good enough product last summer".[89]


Gardermoen is a compound of the farm name Garder and the finite form of mo 'moor; drill ground' (thus 'the moor belonging to the farm Garder'). The farm is first mentioned in 1328 (Garðar), and the name is the plural of Norse garðr 'fence'. The meaning is probably 'enclosure; fenced fields'.

The name

The Government has discussed the opportunity of a third runway in the future, but it is not planned to be completed until 2030. Estimates by Avinor show that the runway will be necessary by 2030, but critics have pointed out that much larger airports, such as London Heathrow Airport, only have two runways. Former Minister of Transport, Liv Signe Navarsete (Center), has stated that spreading the traffic between the three airports will result in inconvenience for air passengers and a massive need for inter-airport ground transportation, but has announced that she is opposed to a third runway.[88]

There are plans for increasing the terminal area by adding a new terminal 2 (T2) situated 500 meters north of the present terminal: this is connected by an underground passage and may be completed in 2022 at the earliest. T2 will hold up to eight planes. This idea was predicted even before the completion of the airport, it was therefore included in the development plans of the airport as a whole. Also starting in 2009 with the same expected completion date as T2 is a new pier for the current terminal that will hold an additional ten aircraft. This expansion will also include an expansion of the check-in areas.[87]

Due to a rather rapid increase in passenger numbers recently, the airport has already exceeded its original capacity limit of 17 million passengers and passed critical limit of 20 million in 2011. As a result, the Norwegian Air Transport Authority Avinor approved plans on 19 January 2011 for the expansion of OSL with Terminal 2. Set to be finished in 2017, the expansion includes a new pier located directly after security checkpoint with 11 new air bridges, 6 remote stands, a new arrivals- and departure-hall and a new baggage handling system. A total of 117 000 square meters will be added to today's 148 000 square meters. Upon completion of this first expansion phase, OSL is set to handle approximately 28 million passengers a year, making it Scandinavia's largest airport by passenger numbers. A second phase will be added later on to bring the total capacity to 35 million passengers.


The airport is located on Norwegian National Road 35, which connects as a four-lane motorway to the European Route E6 about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the east. The E6 runs south with four lanes to Oslo, and northwards with two or four lanes towards Oppland, Hedmark and Central Norway. National Road 35 connects with two lanes westward as a toll road towards Southern Oppland.[33] There are 11,400 parking spaces at the airport,[86] as well as taxi stands and rental car facilities.

The Oslo Airport Express Coach serves the airport, from Oslo, Fredrikstad, Ski and Gjøvik.[85] In addition, most express buses from other parts of Norway stop at the airport. The local transport authority, Ruter, operates a number of services to Oslo Airport from nearby places.

The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) also operates from the airport, both a commuter train service to Eidsvoll and Kongsberg, and a regional service north to Oppland and Hedmark, and south to Vestfold. Both offer services to Oslo, and the latter allows direct service to Sandefjord Airport, Torp. Five daily express trains to Trondheim stop at the airport, including one night train.[84]

The 64 kilometres (40 mi) Gardermoen Line opened the same day as the airport, and runs in a tunnel below the airport facilities, where Gardermoen Station is located below the terminal. The Flytoget airport express train operates to Oslo Central Station six times per hour in 19 to 22 minutes, with three services continuing onwards via five intermediate stations to Drammen Station. (On Saturdays and Sundays, the frequency is three times per hour.)[82] The Airport Express Train has a 34% ground transport share.[83]

Situated about 47 kilometres (29 mi) from the city center,[80] Oslo Airport offers extensive public transporting services. The airport has a high degree of public transport, with a share of 60%.[81]

Ground transportation

Busiest international routes from Gardermoen (2013)
Rank City Passengers Airline
1 Copenhagen, Denmark 1,410,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
2 Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden 1,400,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
3 London-Gatwick and London-Heathrow, United Kingdom 1,297,000 British Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
4 Amsterdam, Netherlands 720,000 KLM, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
5 Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly, France 482,000 Air France, Air Méditerranée, HOP!, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
6 Frankfurt, Germany 479,000 Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines
7 Helsinki, Finland 363,000 Blue1 Finnair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
8 Gran Canaria, Spain 343,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Novair, Primera Air, Scandinavian Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, Travel Service Airlines, TUIfly Nordic
9 Munich, Germany 307,000 Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
10 New York-JFK and Newark, United States 290,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines, United Airlines
11 Reykjavik-Keflavik, Iceland 249,000 Icelandair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
12 Antalya, Turkey 240,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, TUIfly Nordic
13 Alicante, Spain 232,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
14 Barcelona, Spain 211,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines, Vueling
15 Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Thailand 202,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Thai Airways International
Busiest domestic routes from Gardermoen (2013)
Rank City Passengers Airline
1 Trondheim-Værnes, Sør-Trøndelag 2,039,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
2 Bergen-Flesland, Hordaland 1,991,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines, Widerøe
3 Stavanger-Sola, Rogaland 1,620,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
4 Tromsø, Troms 1,033,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
5 Bodø, Nordland 737,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
6 Ålesund-Vigra, Møre og Romsdal 605,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
7 Harstad/Narvik-Evenes, Troms/Nordland 521,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
8 Kristiansand-Kjevik, Vest-Agder 485,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
9 Haugesund-Karmøy, Rogaland 424,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
10 Molde-Årø, Møre og Romsdal 342,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
11 Bardufoss, Troms 209,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle,
12 Kristiansund-Kvernberget, Møre og Romsdal 199,000 Scandinavian Airlines
13 Alta, Finnmark 173,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
14 Kirkenes-Høybuktmoen, Finnmark 172,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
15 Longyearbyen, Svalbard 165,000 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines

Oslo Airport has a catchment area of 2.5 million people, including most of Eastern Norway and 0.3 million people in Sweden.[78] In 2013, Oslo Airport served 22,956,540 passengers, 119,881 tonnes (117,988 long tons; 132,146 short tons) of cargo and 234,524 aircraft movements, up from 2012.[2] Within the European Economic Area (EEA) in 2013, Oslo Airport ranked as the seventeenth-busiest overall, and the sixth-busiest in domestic traffic. It is the second-busiest airport in the Nordic countries, after Copenhagen Airport. However, in February 2013, Oslo Airport surpassed Copenhagen airport as the busiest in the Nordic countries for the first month ever. The busiest route is to Trondheim, which with 1.8 million passengers was the tenth-busiest route within the EEA.[79] Along with the domestic routes to Bergen and Stavanger, and the international routes to Copenhagen and Stockholm, Oslo Airport served five of the twenty-five busiest routes in the EEA, all with more than one million passengers.[79]


Airlines Destinations
Amapola Flyg Gothenburg-Landvetter, Maastricht, Malmö
Asiana Cargo Seoul-Incheon
DHL Aviation Copenhagen, Trondheim
FedEx Amsterdam, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Korean Air Cargo Seoul-Incheon
Qatar Airways Cargo Brussels, Doha
TNT Airways Liège
UPS Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen
VilleJet Cargo Paris-Orly
West Air Sweden Malmö


Airlines Destinations Terminal / Hall
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Chania 2
Air Cairo Seasonal charter: Sharm el Sheikh 3
Corendon Airlines Charter: Antalya 2
Freebird Airlines Charter: Antalya 3
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Bodrum, Burgas, Catania, Chania, Dalaman, Izmir, Korfu, Larnaca, Palma de Mallorca 2
Korean Air Seasonal charter: Seoul-Incheon 3
Novair Charter: Burgas, Chania, Fuerteventura, Goa, Gran Canaria, Kefalonia, Larnaca, Preveza, Rhodes, Santorini, Sharm el-Sheikh, Zakynthos 2
Novair Charter: Sharm el-Sheikh 3
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Chania, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Karpathos, Kavala, Kos, Liverpool,[75] Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Skiathos, Tenerife-South, Varna, 2
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Banjul, Cancún, Montego Bay (begins 29 November 2015),[76] Sharm el Sheikh, Varadero[77] 3
Thomson Airways Charter: Cancún 3
TUIfly Nordic Charter: Burgas, Gran Canaria, Larnaca, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Samos 2
TUIfly Nordic Charter: Isla de Margarita, Phuket 3


Airlines Destinations Terminal / Hall
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens[69] 2
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo 3
Air Cairo Sharm el-Sheikh 3
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2
Air Méditerranée Seasonal: Marseille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Lyon 2
Air Norway
operated by North Flying
Fagernes, Ørland 1
Air Norway
operated by North Flying
Aalborg 2
airBaltic Riga 2
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 3
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Seasonal: Innsbruck
BMI Regional Aberdeen 3
British Airways London-Heathrow 3
British Airways
operated by Sun Air of Scandinavia
Aarhus, Billund 2
Brussels Airlines Brussels 2
Czech Airlines Seasonal: Billund, Prague[70] 2
Danish Air Transport Røros, Stord 1
Emirates Dubai-International 3
Estonian Air Tallinn 2
Eurowings Hamburg 2
Finnair Helsinki 2
Icelandair Reykjavik-Keflavík 2
KLM Amsterdam 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich 2
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich 2
Norwegian Air Shuttle Ålesund, Alta, Andøya, Bardufoss, Bergen, Bodø, Harstad/Narvik, Haugesund, Kirkenes, Kristiansand, Lakselv, Molde, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim 1
Norwegian Air Shuttle Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin-Schönefeld, Billund, Bratislava, Budapest, Copenhagen, Gdańsk, Geneva, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kraków, Madrid, Málaga, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Nice, Palanga, Paris-Orly, Poznań, Prague, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Riga, Rome-Fiumicino, Stockholm-Arlanda, Szczecin, Tallinn, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin
Summer Seasonal: Ajaccio, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Burgas, Catania, Chania, Dubrovnik, Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Larnaca, Lefkas, Lisbon, Malta, Minorca, Murcia, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Pristina, Pula, Rijeka, Santorini, Sarajevo-International, Split, Tivat, Varna, Venice, Visby
Winter seasonal: Fuerteventura, Funchal, Lanzarote, Salzburg, Tenerife-South
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Long Haul
Antalya, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Belgrade, Boston (begins 13 May 2016), Dublin, Edinburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, London-Gatwick, Longyearbyen, Los Angeles, Manchester, Marrakech, New York-JFK, Orlando, San Juan
Seasonal: Agadir, Dalaman, Oakland
Onur Air Bodrum, Dalaman 3
Pakistan International Airlines Copenhagen, Islamabad, Lahore 3
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen 3
Primera Air Seasonal: Funchal, Gran Canaria, Reykjavík-Keflavík, Tenerife-South 2
Qatar Airways Doha 3
Scandinavian Airlines Ålesund, Alta, Bergen, Bodø, Harstad/Narvik, Haugesund, Kirkenes, Kristiansand, Kristiansund, Molde, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim 1
Scandinavian Airlines Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin-Tegel, Billund, Brussels, Chania, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gdańsk, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Helsinki, Málaga, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Reykjavík-Keflavík, Stockholm-Arlanda, Vilnius, Zürich
Seasonal: Athens, Biarritz, Burgas, Cagliari, Dubrovnik, Faro, Kalamata, Kavala , Larnaca, Lisbon, Malta, Nice, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Pula, Rome-Fiumicino, Santorini, Split, Tenerife-South, Turin (begins 23 January 2016),[71] Valencia, Venice, Vilnius
Scandinavian Airlines Aberdeen, Dublin, Edinburgh, London-Heathrow, Longyearbyen, Manchester, Miami (begins 27 October 2016),[72] Newark
Seasonal: Antalya, Alanya-Gazipasa
SunExpress Antalya, Izmir 3
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich 2
TAP Portugal Lisbon 2
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 3
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 3
United Airlines Seasonal:[73] Newark 3
Vueling Barcelona
Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino (begins 25 June 2016)[74]
Widerøe Brønnøysund, Florø, Førde, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Harstad/Narvik, Røros, Sandane, Sandnessjøen, Sogndal, Ørsta/Volda 1, 2


A wide range of direct charter flights are offered from Oslo Airport, mostly to leisure destinations on the Mediterranean Sea, but also to destinations as far away as Cancun in Mexico, Varadero in Cuba, Phuket and Krabi in Thailand. Large operators based at Oslo Airport include Novair,[67] TUIfly Nordic[68] and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, although many others also fly.

Oslo Airport is connected to 162 airports, of which 30 are domestic.[3] The two main domestic airlines to use Oslo Airport are Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and Norwegian Air Shuttle. Oslo Airport's functions, along with the other two Scandinavian capital airports, as a hub for SAS, while it is the main hub for Norwegian. Domestically, SAS and Norwegian Air Shuttle both offer flights to fifteen primary airports.[66] In Southern Norway, the Ministry of Transport and Communications subsidizes the services to eight regional airports based on three-year public service obligations. From 2009 to 2012, these are operated by Danish Air Transport and its subsidiary Danu Oro Transportas, and by Widerøe.

Airlines and destinations

The company has a subsidiary, Oslo Lufthavn Eiendom AS, which is responsible for developing commercial real estate around the airport. It owns one airport hotel run by the Radisson Blu chain, the office building and conference center Flyporten, which along with the hotel features 60 conference rooms, and the employee parking lot. A second hotel, Park Inn, was opened in September 2010.

The airport is owned by Oslo Lufthavn AS, a limited company wholly owned by Avinor, a state-owned company responsible for operating 46 Norwegian airports. In 2010, Oslo Lufthavn had a revenue of NOK 3,693 million, giving an income of NOK 1,124 million before tax. The profit from the airport is largely paid to Avinor, who uses it to cross-subsidise operating deficits from smaller primary and regional airport throughout the country. At the end of 2010, Oslo Lufthavn had 439 employees.[65]


The Royal Norwegian Air Force has an air base at Gardermoen, located at the north side of the passenger terminal at Oslo Airport. The base dates from 1994 and houses the 335-Squadron that operates three Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport planes. The airbase also handles nearly all military freight going abroad. The Air Force has a compact 41,000 square metres (440,000 sq ft) building space, with a maximum walking distance of 400 metres (1,300 ft). The station is built so that it can quickly be expanded if necessary, without having to claim areas used by the civilian section. The military also use the civilian terminals for their passenger transport needs, and send 200,000 people with chartered and scheduled flights from the main terminal each year.[64] The airforce station serves as the main entering point for VIP's and officials going to Norway.

Air station

There are three deicing platforms.[60] Both fire stations each have three fire cars, and is part of the municipal fire department.[61] Meteorological services are operated by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, which has 12 weather stations and 16 employees at the airport. This includes Norway's first aeronautic information service and a self-briefing room, in addition to briefings from professionals.[62] Restrictions on air movements apply overnight from 23:00 to 06:00, although permitted if landing from and taking off to the north.[63]

The airport has two parallel runways, aligned 01/19. The west runway 01L/19R is 3,600 by 45 metres (11,811 ft × 148 ft), while the east runway 01R/19L is 2,950 by 45 metres (9,678 ft × 148 ft).[1] Both have taxiways, allowing 80 air movements per hour.[30] The runways are equipped with CAT IIIA instrument landing system[58] and the airport is supervised by a 91-metre (299 ft) tall control tower.[45] Once departing aircraft are 15 kilometres (9 mi) away from the airport, responsibility is taken over by Oslo Air Traffic Control Center, which supervises the airspace with Haukåsen Radar. There are two ground radars at the airport, located on the far sides of each of the runways. Both at the gates and along the taxiways, there is an automatic system of lights that guide the aircraft. On the tarmac, these are steered by the radar, while they are controlled by motion sensors at the gate.[59]

ATC tower

Runways and air control

The main art on the land side of the airport is Alexis, consisting of six steel sculptures in stainless steel created by Per Inge Bjørlo. On the air side, Carin Wessel used 30,000 metres (98,000 ft) of thread to make the impression of clouds and webs, named Ad Astra. Anna Karin Rynander and Per-Olof Sandberg cooperated in making two installations: The Marathon Dancers, located in the baggage claim area, is a set of two electronic boards that show a dancing person. Sound Refreshment Station, of which six are located in the departure areas, are sound "showers" that make refreshing sounds when a person is immediately under them. Sidsel Westbø has etched the glass walls. In the check-in area, there are small boxes under the floor with glass ceilings that contain curiosities. As well as the custom-made art, several existing sculptures and paintings have been bought.[57] At the National Road 35 and European Route E6 junction, Vebjørn Sand has built a 14-metre (46 ft) statue named the Kepler Star. It consists of two internally illuminated Kepler–Poinsot polyhedrons, appearing like a giant star in the sky after dark.

Ad Astra by Carin Wessel

Architects were Aviaplan, a joint venture between the agencies Nordic — Office of Architecture, Niels Torp, Skaarup & Jespersen and Hjellnes Cowi.[39] Main architect was Gudmund Stokke. The terminal building has a light, floating roof that gives a simple construction. First the walls were erected, and a roof put on top. Afterwards, internal facilities could be added. The roof is held up with wooden reefers. The main construction materials are wood, metal and glass. The airlines were required to follow the same design rules for their buildings as the terminal.[56]

Oslo Airport lounge

Art and architecture

In addition to the main terminal, the airport operates its own VIP lounge for the Norwegian Royal Family, for members of the Norwegian government and members of foreign royal families and governments.[53] The GA-terminal, located on the west side of the airport, services cargo airlines, executive jets and ambulance aircraft.[54] The airport is heated using district heating with a geothermal source. The airport uses 32.6 GWh/year for heating and 5.6 GWh/year for cooling. In addition, the airport uses 110 GWh/year of electricity.[55]

About half the airport operator's income is from retail revenue. There are twenty restaurants providing food or drink service, in addition to stores and other services including banks and post. In all, 8,000 square metres (86,000 sq ft) are used for restaurants, stores and non-aviation services.[45][48] The departure duty-free shop is 1,530 square metres (16,500 sq ft) and the largest in Europe. The shop is located in front of the international concourse, taking up a large part of the terminal's width.[49] The airport has attempted to funnel all passengers through the duty-free.[50] Signs that were to hinder passengers from walking outside the duty-free were in 2008 removed after criticism.[51][52] Arriving passengers have access to a smaller duty-free shop in the baggage claim area.

Because of the airport's customs procedures for connecting passengers (the luggage has to picked up, shown to customs and checked in when connecting from international to domestic flights), some transit passengers are now avoiding Oslo Airport and finding other routing options when possible. The process of clearing customs before connecting from an international to a domestic flight is not unique for Oslo Airport, as it is the same process used at international airports in the United States and some other countries.[47]

The passenger terminal covers 148,000 square metres (1,590,000 sq ft) and is 819 metres (2,687 ft) long.[30][41] The terminal area has 52 aircraft parking stands, of which 34 are connected with bridges and 18 are remotely parked.[30] Domestic gates are located in the west wing, while gates for international flights are in the east, with gates for non-Schengen area flights at the very end of the wing. Four gates near the end of the east wing are flexigates where doors can be opened or closed to switch between Schengen and non-Schengen flights.[42] EU controllers have been somewhat sceptical of the Schengen/non-Schengen flexigates, and there were a few incidents where the wrong doors were opened so that passengers who should have gone through the border control did not.[43] A new pier that will stick northwards from the terminal is under construction with a projected opening in 2017. To compensate for the gates lost in the interim period, an extra pier south of and parallel to the west wing was constructed in 2012 for domestic flights. This "pier south" has eight gates that all lack jet bridges, and was intended for demolition after five years.[44] The current capacity of 23 million will soon be passed; in 2013, 22.9 million passengers used the airport.[2][45] The airport is "silent", so announcements for flights are only done in the immediate vicinity of the gate. There is a playground in both the domestic and international sections, and a quiet room in the domestic section. Medical personnel is stationed at the airport.[46]


The airport covers an area of 13 square kilometres (5.0 sq mi) and is modeled partially on Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with two parallel runways and a single terminal with two piers on a single line.[30][39] Non-commercial and practice general aviation is not operated at Oslo Airport, and is mainly done from Kjeller Airport, Rakkestad Airport and Tønsberg Airport, Jarlsberg.[40] Oslo Airport is located 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi) north-northeast of Oslo city center.[1]

Arrival and train-station
Terminal 1


In 1999, Northwest Airlines briefly operated a flight between Oslo and Minneapolis, United States, for several months, before the flight was cancelled due to poor load factors.[36][37] In October 2001, the only remaining intercontinental flight, to New York-Newark, with Scandinavian Airlines's Boeing 767-300 aircraft, was discontinued. In 2004, Scandinavian Airlines and Continental Airlines resumed service on this route using Airbus A330 and Boeing 757-200 respectively. There are also regular connections with Pakistan International Airlines to Islamabad and Lahore, Norwegian Air Shuttle to Bangkok, New York - JFK, Fort Lauderdale, Oakland (San Francisco), Los Angeles and Orlando with 787 Dreamliner and Dubai, Agadir and Marrakech with 737-800, and Thai Airways to Bangkok, Qatar Airways to Doha, Emirates to Dubai. In 2012, the airport opened a new 650-square-meter (7,000 sq ft) VIP terminal exclusively used for the royal family, the prime minister and foreign heads of state and government.[38]

Gardermoen has had considerable problems with fog and freezing rain, and has several times had a complete close-down. This was also a problem at Fornebu, and reported to be at Hurum as well. On average there is super cooled rain three times per month during the winter.[23] The use of deicing fluids is restricted since the area underneath the airport contains the Tandrum Delta, one of the country's largest uncontained quaternary aquifers (underground water systems).[34] On 14 December 1998, a combination of freezing fog and supercooled rain caused glaze at Gardermoen. At least twenty aircraft engines were damaged by ice during take-off, and five aircraft needed to make precautionary landings with only one working engine.[23] On 18 January 2006, an Infratek deicing system was set up, that uses infrared heat in large hangar tents. It was hoped that it could reduce chemical deicers by 90%, but the technique has proved unsuccessful.[35]

The first new airline to start scheduled flights was Color Air. The low-cost airline took advantage of the increased capacity that Gardermoen created to start competing with SAS and Braathens on the routes to Bergen, Trondheim and Ålesund. This lasted until October 1999, when Color Air filed for bankruptcy. During this time, all three airlines lost large amounts of money, mainly due to low cabin loads. To win the business market, all three wanted to have the most possible departures per day to other cities.

Icelandair taxiing

Opening and growth

The main road corridor northwards from Oslo to Gardermoen is European Route E6. The E6 was upgraded to six lanes north to Hvam, and to four lanes north to Gardermoen. The E6 runs about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) east of the airport, so 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) of Norwegian National Road 35 was upgraded to four-lane motorway to connect the E6 to the airport. This connection cost NOK 1 billion. After the opening of the airport, National Road 35 was upgraded west of the airport as a two-lane toll road. Also Norwegian National Road 120 and Norwegian National Road 174 were upgraded.[33]

Parliament decided to build a high-speed airport rail link from Oslo to Gardermoen. The 64-kilometre (40 mi) Gardermoen Line connects Oslo Central Station (Oslo )to Gardermoen and onwards to Eidsvoll. This line was constructed for 210 kilometres per hour (130 mph) and allows the Flytoget train to operate from Oslo Central station to Gardermoen in nineteen minutes. Just like the airport, the railway was to be financed by the users. The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) established a subsidiary, NSB Gardermobanen, which would build and own the railway line, as well as operate the airport trains. The company would borrow money from the state, and repay with the profits from operation. During construction of the Romerike Tunnel, a leak was made that started draining the water from the lakes above.[32] The time and cost to repair the leaks meant that the whole railway line budget was exceeded, and the tunnel would not be taken into use until 1 August 1999. Since the rest of the railway was finished, two trains (instead of the intended six), operated using more time from the opening of the new airport.

Oslo Airport seen on flyby.

The airlines needed to build their own facilities at Gardermoen. SAS built a complex with 55,000 square metres (590,000 sq ft), including a technical base, cabin storage, garages and cargo terminals, for NOK 1.398 billion. This included a technical base for their fleet of Stavanger Airport, Sola, it used NOK 200 million to build facilities. This included a 9,000 square metres (97,000 sq ft) hangar for six aircraft for NOK 100 million.[31]

Construction of the new main airport started on 13 August 1994.[28] The western runway was already in place, and had been renovated by the Air Force in 1989. A new, eastern runway needed to be built. A hill at the airport was blown away, and the masses used to fill in where needed. The construction of the airport and railway required 13,000 man-years. 220 subcontractors were used, and working accidents were at a third of the national average, without any fatalities.[29] The last flights to Fornebu took place on 7 October 1998. That night, 300 people and 500 truckloads transported equipment from Fornebu to Gardermoen. Gardermoen opened on 8 October 1998.[30]

At Gardermoen there was both an air station and about 270 house owners that had their real estate expropriated following parliament's decision. NOK 1.7 billion were used to purchase land, including the Air Force. It was the state that expropriated and bought all the land and remained land owner, while Oslo Lufthavn leases the ground from the state.[26] The first two years were used to demolish and rebuild the air station. This reduced the building area from 120,000 to 41,000 square metres (1,290,000 to 440,000 sq ft), but gave a more functional design.[27]

The west side of the terminal

To minimize the effect of using state grants to invest in Eastern Norway, parliament decided that the construction and operation of the airport was to be done by an independent limited company that would be wholly owned by the Civil Airport Administration (today Avinor). This model was chosen to avoid having to deal with public trade unions and to ensure that the construction was not subject to annual grants.[25] This company was founded in 1992 as Oslo Hovedflyplass AS, but changed its name in 1996 to Oslo Lufthavn. From 1 January 1997, it also took over the operation of Oslo Airport, Fornebu. The company was established with NOK 200 million in share capital. The remaining assets were NOK 2 billion from the sale of Fornebu and NOK 900 million in responsible debt. The remaining funding would come from debt from the state. Total investments for the airport, railways and roads were NOK 22 billion, of which Oslo Lufthavn would have a debt of NOK 11 billion after completion.[25]


[24][23] held a hearing about the planning process trying to identify any irregularities. An official report was released in 2001.Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs The [22][21] The choice of Gardermoen has spurred controversy, also after the matter was settled in parliament. In 1994, Engineer

Check-in area

Since Hurum could no longer be used, the government again recommended Gardermoen as the location. The Conservative Party instead wanted to build at Hobøl, but chose to support the Labour Party government's proposal to get a new airport as quickly as possible. Parliament passed legislation to build the new main airport at Gardermoen on 8 August 1992. At the same time, it was decided that a high-speed railway was to be built to Gardermoen, so the airport would have a 50% public transport market share.[20]


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