The trend from 2023 continues in January: Growth abroad and flat development domestically
3.3 million passengers traveled to and from Avinor's airports in January. That is an increase of 2 percent compared to January last year.
-The year started strong with a good development in the number of international travelers compared to the same month last year, with a growth of a whole 7 percent. The number of domestic travelers had a decrease of 1 percent. This is a continuation of the trend from last year where international traffic drove the development, while domestic traffic flattened out.
The winter weather in January has affected the domestic figures with many cancellations. Several travelers have chosen to postpone planned trips.
-We particularly see an increased interest in certain parts of the winter product that Norway can offer. We especially see an international demand for Tromsø Airport, where we experienced a passenger growth on international routes of a whole 126 percent in January compared to last year, says Vice President of Traffic Development at Avinor, Gaute Skallerud Riise. -For 2024 overall, Avinor stands by previously communicated forecasts, where we expect a domestic growth of about 1.5 percent and international growth of 5 percent, concludes Riise.
Passenger numbers 1,997,280 passengers traveled domestically in January. This number is 1 percent lower than the same month last year. With 1,220,438 international travelers in January, traffic to and from abroad increased by 7 percent compared to January 2023.
Avinor had 50,245 commercial flight movements in January. That is 5 percent fewer than in January 2023.
In January, 929 drone flights were reported in Ninox Drone, Avinor's system for drone management. -This is an increase of 50 percent compared to January 2023," says Mats Gjertsen, head of Avinor's drone program. -Even with a lot of weather and long periods of cold, these numbers indicate a trend of increasing drone flights.
Avinor is a wholly-owned state limited company under the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications and is responsible for 43 state-owned airports.
Avinor has taken a leading role in reducing climate gas emissions from the aviation industry, including the development of electric aircrafts and supplying sustainable jet-biojetfuel.
Avinor provides safe and efficient travels for around 50 million passengers annualy, half of which travel to and from Oslo Airport.
Over 3000 employees are responsible for planning, developing and operating an efficient airport and air navigation service. Avinor is financed via airport charges and commercial sales. The air navigation services is organized as subsidiary wholly-owned by Avinor. Avinor's headquarter is in Oslo.
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