This is an archived release.
More than 15 million passengers boarded planes visiting Norwegian airports in the third quarter of 2014. This is less than one per cent more than in the same quarter in 2013 and is the lowest annual growth rate for the third quarter in the last 5 years.
|3rd quarter 2014||Per cent change since|
|3rd quarter 2013||3rd quarter 2011||3rd quarter 2009|
|1Includes all commercial flights.|
|2Only data from departure is included.|
|Domestic and international flights|
|Total passengers on board at departure and arrival||15 139 800||0.8||13.9||33.0|
|Passengers on board at departure||4 049 294||0.1||6.3||19.2|
|Seats||6 639 598||5.6||11.1||16.4|
|Aircraft movements||72 404||1.4||5.0||8.1|
|Total passengers on board at departure and arrival||7 039 594||1.5||24.2||53.4|
|Seats||9 489 860||-3.2||18.2||43.4|
|Aircraft movements||62 002||-2.0||13.7||31.1|
This figure is the sum of passengers on board at arrival and at departure for all Norwegian airports. This means that passengers on board domestic flights are counted twice. A more accurate measure of domestic traffic is passengers on board at departure, which in the third quarter of 2014 was roughly 4 million - about the same as the third quarter of 2013. On international flights, where figures from departure are combined with those from arrival, there were around 7 million passengers in the third quarter of 2014; 1.5 per cent more than in the third quarter of 2013.
Growth at Oslo airport Gardermoen
There were 6.8 million passengers on board flights to and from Gardermoen in the third quarter of 2014, which is 4.8 per cent more than in the same quarter in 2013. While airport passenger numbers were up at Gardermoen, most of the other larger airports saw a drop. Bergen Flesland fell by 3.0 per cent from the third quarter of 2013 settling at 1.7 million airport passengers in the third quarter of 2014. Tromsø fell by 3.0 per cent and ended on 0.5 million airport passengers over the same period. The only two exceptions to this negative trend were Trondheim Værnes and Harstad/Narvik Evenes, where traffic grew by 1.4 and 6.5 per cent respectively over the same period. Trondheim Værnes had 1.1 million airport passengers, while Harstad/Narvik Evenes had 0.2 million in the third quarter of 2014.
International traffic always peaks in third quarter
The peak in the number of airport passengers in the third quarter is mainly due to international traffic. The annual trough in this cycle is in the first quarter, with an average 2 million passengers fewer than in the third quarter. In the third quarter of 2014, the flights between Norway and the rest of the world had slightly more than 7 million passengers. While this still constitutes a growth of 1.5 per cent from the same quarter in 2013, it is the lowest growth in the third quarter in the last 5 years.