Air Transport World

Nordic newcomer. (Oslo, Norway's new Gardermoen Airport)

OSLO--Fundamental changes in Norway's surprisingly vibrant air transport industry have been taking place rapidly in the wake of Parliament's long-awaited but still controversial October, 1992 decision to build a new main airport for the Oslo area--the country's largest-ever development project.

Gardermoen Airport, an all-weather facility programmed to be a showcase of Norwegian architecture and technology, is scheduled for completion in October, 1998. It will replace bustling, compact Oslo Fornebu and become Nonway's principal international gateway. The airport is being designed to handle up to 12 million passengers a year by 2000, and up to 17 million a year in the distant future, before any major expansion would be necessary.

As things stand, an influx of international visitors to last year's 17th Winter Olympic Games centered around Lillehammer, 135 mi. north of Oslo, contributed to a booming aviation market. That event brought almost 100,000 added travelers through Oslo.

Among major moves reshaping Norwegian air transport:

* The Civil Aviation Admin. (CAA), headed since 1989 by Director General Ove Liavaag, was spun off by the government in January, 1993, and is a largely autonomous, self-financing state enterprise, with a streamlined organizational structure still undergoing change, accountable to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Eighty percent of its revenues come from aeronautical charges and 20% is commercial income. CAA owns and operates the 19 primary airports in Norway's extensive scheduled-flight network. some of them used jointly with the armed forces. It also delivers services to some 30 municipally run secondary airports, located mainly in the sparsely populated north, Public Affairs Director Simen Revold told ATW. …

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