3 APRIL 2017

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Article from BTNews 3 APRIL 2017

Oslo Airport redevelops

Seven new shops and restaurants opened at Oslo Airport last week with more to follow shortly ahead of the complex’s official opening ceremony this month following a major redevelopment programme.

New food and beverage arrivals at the northern pier include casual dining establishments Jamie’s Italian, Bølgen & Moi and TGI Fridays, as well as sandwich chain Northland plus a consumer electronics specialist and two new bookshops.

The openings are part of a NOK14bn (about £1.3bn) refurbishment to increase capacity to 28m passengers a year. The new-look airport will be unveiled on 27 April in a special ceremony attended by King Harald V and Queen Sonja.

Dag Falk-Petersen, chief executive lof Norway’s airport authority Avinor, said rising traffic levels leading to overcrowding at both Oslo and Norway’s other main airport, Bergen, were driving the improvement programme. A new terminal opens at Bergen on 17 August.

“Higher capacity is being planned for the non-Schengen area at Oslo Airport to be able to meet the increase in intercontinental traffic,” he said, adding that “according to estimates, a third runway will also be required at Oslo Airport in a few years’ time.”

Large expansion projects are also in progress in Tromsø and Stavanger.

www.avinor.no/en

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