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Gardermoen now ready for 30 million travelers

Oslo Airport Gardermoen is the hub of air travel in Norway. The expansion of Oslo Airport Gardermoen has been ongoing for 6 years, 6 months and 17 days when the new airport officially opens April 27th. The airport has increased it´s capacity from 23 million travelers per year to 30 million travelers per year, and to a new maximum of 90 landings and take offs per hour.

The expansion concerns a total of 141,000 square meters. Today Oslo Airport has new taxi runways, a new terminal with 34 check-in desks, a 300-metre long pier with 17 gates, an adjacent arrivals and departure hall and an new railway station.

ÅF has provided a complete project organization to Avinor, the owner of national airports in Norway. Avinor commissioned ÅF to oversee all phases of the project, from design, construction and purchasing to installations, testing, documentation, training, start-up and operational hand-over. ÅF´s project director Knut Erik Norby has led a team of 130 project managers and construction managers from ÅF, in close cooperation with Avinor and more than 600 different contracting companies involved.

- Firstly, the expansion of Oslo Airport was an extremely large project. Secondly, we had a fully operational airport while we were building, with traffic that grew sharply during the construction period and continues to do so. This required a lot of planning and coordination work compared to standard operations at Oslo Airport.

The new parts of the airport is built to meet passive building standards, as the first airport in the world. Passive buildings are super-insulated to minimise energy loss. The new parts of the airport have a 50 percent reduction in energy use compared to present day buildings. To reach these ambitious environmental goals Oslo Airport recovers energy from waste water, snow removed from runways in the winter is used to cool the buildings in the summer, high insulation glass reduces energy needs and certified and sustainable materials are used throughout the new areas.

Furthermore, the expansion project has been first in line in the efforts to combat illicit work, illigal employment and all grades of the so called shadow economy. This work has been led by ÅF in close cooperation with Avinor, The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, Norwegian tax authorities and the Police.

- Completing the airport expansion project on time, within budget and side by side with a fully operational airport, is no less than outstanding,  says CEO at Avinor Dag Falk-Pedersen.

ÅF continues the project management of airports in Norway, both with the extension of the Non Schengen terminal at Oslo Airport and the new military air force base at Ørland where Norway´s new F-35 jet figthers will be stationed.