History and background
The current terminal was opened in 1998 and was designed to handle 17 million annual passengers. The growth in air traffic has led Oslo Airport to implement a number of measures to increase passenger capacity. The last development was the extension of the terminal southwards in 2009.
Growth in air traffic levelled out in 2008, and 2009 saw a drop in traffic. However, towards the end of 2009 the tide turned and traffic started to increase again. This growth has continued in 2010.
OSL currently has a capacity of 23 million passengers per year. The latest forecasts indicate that traffic will reach this level as early as 2016. This is the reason why OSL is expanding and increasing capacity in order to be able to cope with 28 million passengers per year from 2017.
A strengthened OSL's significance as a hub for the rest of the country
OSL plays a decisive role as a hub in the Norwegian aviation system, and as a hub for a large number of direct international routes. This also applies to air cargo. Many parts of the country, not least the regions, are dependent on a well-functioning primary airport with a well-established route network for both domestic and international flights. The increase in capacity will strengthen OSL's significance as a hub for the entire country, and will be of particular importance to the regions.
A short history of the development project
- In 2007 the planning work for the new major expansion of OSL started in close cooperation with airlines and handling companies.
- In March 2008, the conceptual solution and situation of a new terminal building and new pier with aircraft parking areas were chosen by the board of Avinor.
- In January 2009, Oslo Airport entered into a project and construction management agreement with Advansia.
- On 12 February 2009 the board of Avinor selected the planning group Team_T to design the capacity increase at OSL. Team_T concists of Narud-Stokke-Wiig, Cowi, Norconsult, Aas-Jacobsen, Ing. Per Rasmussen and a number of sub-contractors. The pilot project was completed on 4 February 2010. This was prepared in close cooperation with OSL's project organization, the Advansia project management and Team_T.
- The initial minor construction work and other preparation started in June 2010.
- According to plan, the main construction work will start in April 2011.
The following was said of the winner of the planning competition:
"The proposal constitutes an excellent architectural solution offering very good functionality, large economic potential and satisfies all the new environmental and energy requirements.”
Sist oppdatert 24. april 2012