Air transport

Updated: 30 April 2021

Next update: 12 August 2021

Number of passengers on board at departure and arrival at Norwegian airports

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

About the statistics

The aim of the statistics is to describe all commercial transport of passengers and goods in Norway and compile data to facilitate international comparisons.

Aircraft movements

Describes the activity of an aircraft at an airport as either an arrival or a departure.

International and domestic flights

Aircraft movements between two Norwegian airports are labeled as domestic flights. Aircraft movements between a Norwegian and a foreign airport are labeled international flights.


A person who travels by aircraft, ship, bus, car or other means of transport.

Transit passengers are those passengers who, at arrival, continues their travel with the same flight as recognized by flight identification.

Passengers in transfer are those passengers who continue their travel on a flight with a different flight number. Also known as passengers in indirect transit.

Passengers on board at arrival are grouped in the following:

Passengengers not leaving the plane ( transit at arrival )

Passengers leaving the plane ( disembarking ) - further grouped by

Passengers leaving the plane - ending the journey

Passengers leaving the plane - embarking on different plane ( transfer at arrival )

Passengers on board at departure are grouped:

Passengers already on the plane ( transit at departure )

Passengers entering the plane ( embarking ) further grouped by

Passengers entering the plane - starting their journey

Passengers entering the plane - from a different plane ( transfer at departure )

Passengers on board is the sum of passengers in transit and passengers embarking/disembarking. The sum of passengers in transfer and passengers starting/ending their journey makes for passengers embarking/disembarking.

Passengers at airport/terminal is the sum of passengers on board at arrival and passengers on board at departure.

Passengers transported is calculated by using either passengers on board at departure or passengers on board at arrival.

Type of traffic groups aircraft mowements at the airport. Overall classification is made along commercial and non-commercial traffic.

Commercial traffic is the transport of passengers or goods for renumeration or hire. Type of flights are:

Passengerflights in scheduled traffic

Passengflights not in scheduled traffic

Freight flights

Helicopter flights on the continental shelf

Other helicopter flights

Other commercial flights

Non-commercial traffic includes:

Search and rescue




Technical return

Airport controll



Available seats on board.


Classified by:


Freight (Not including checked luggage)

Not relevant

Name: Air transport

Topic: Transport and tourism

12 August 2021

Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport Statistics

National level.

Quarterly, 60 days after end of quarter.

Reporting to EUROSTAT

Primary data and production data is temporary stored in SAS and stored permanently as text files.

The objective is to describe all commercial transport of passengers and goods in Norway and compile data as to facilitate international comparisons.

The EU requested data from its members starting with 2003. Until January first 2009 reporting was done by Avinor but was transferred to Statistics Norway effective calender year 2009.

Data is used by government institutions, the industry itself, and researchers.

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Data on airports managed by Avinor is published by Avinor itself .

Avinor does not include passengers in transit when reporting on passengers at airport

The Statistics Act $10 and 20

Regulation (EC) 437/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council. Commision Regulation 1358/2003. Commision Regulation 546/2005. Commision Regulation 158/2007. Regulation (EC) 219/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council - Article 4.5.

Data from the airports is based their accounting system and is gathered from airlines. If definitions on variables differ between airports' managamentsystem and what is required for our production this i a significant source of measurement error.

Passengers at departure in transfer is known to only include those travellers who continue their journey with the same airline.

Data for the airports Skien (Geiteryggen), Stord (Sørstokken), Ørland, and Notodden has not been collected. Published data is extracted from mirror checks from the remaining 48 airports.

Not relevant