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Haugesund sees Norwegian and SAS compete on key Oslo route

Located on Norway’s south-west coast between Stavanger and Bergen, Haugesund has a population of around 40,000. The town’s airport, which opened in 1975, ranked as the country’s 11th busiest in 2019 with just over 620,000 passengers. Annual passenger numbers have been stable at between 600,000 and 700,000 throughout the last decade. In May 2019 the airport stopped being part of Avinor and became an independent business.

Domestic flights generated 477,000 passengers in 2019, representing 77% of the total. That year, Norwegian and SAS both operated year-round, multiple-daily flights to Oslo (a sector length of 340 kilometres). The other domestic route currently being served is to Bergen, a route that Widerøe resumed after a three-year hiatus in September 2019. These are the only three services currently operating at the airport.

Wizz Air began Oslo service last December, but the service is currently suspended with the airline’s website showing a planned resumption in June. Wizz Air is also responsible for the airport’s only year-round international service (in normal circumstances) to Gdansk. This operation is also currently suspended until June.

Ryanair offers seasonal services to Alicante and Malaga, making Haugesund the only Norwegian airport it operates to from outside of the Oslo area. In addition, the airport typically welcomes a number of chart operations to destinations in and around the Mediterranean during the summer holiday period.

Haugesund traffic 2010-2020

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