On Thursday 1 September, the new domestic arrivals hall of Oslo Airport was opened.
This is the first large part of the facility to open before the new Oslo Airport officially opens on 27 April 2017.
Passengers on domestic flights will be arriving in a brand new hall from now on. It includes five new baggage belts, and passengers will have an additional 15,000 square metres at their disposal.
“We are happy to present the first large part of the new Oslo Airport. The new domestic arrivals hall will benefit all who arrive at Norway’s main airport”, says Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen.
Passengers arriving from abroad will still be using the existing arrivals hall. However, the old domestic arrivals hall will soon become the new international arrivals hall.
There will be significantly more space for passengers and airlines using the airport. “We will have five additional baggage belts, thereby increasing the total number to thirteen”, says Falk-Petersen.
The facility has opened on schedule and according to budget, something managing director of Oslo Airport Øyvind Hasaas is delighted with:
“This is the result of a collaboration between all involved parties at the airport, and it would not be possible without the considerable effort of our employees. An efficient airport is important to many people, and this has really motivated us during the expansion process.”
The new arrivals hall will also involve changes for the passengers. It is therefore important to pay attention to the signs and disengage the “autopilot” when moving through the airport. The same applies to those who are picking up arriving passengers.
Construction work will continue in many areas of Oslo Airport right up until the opening on 27 April, something the passengers will notice.
“We are in a phase with a lot of construction work being done in different parts of the airport. This will be ongoing until the opening in April 2017, and we will do our best to shelter passengers from all kinds of noise. Of course, we hope this affects the airport operation as little as possible” concludes Hasaas.