All of this growth is due to both international and domestic flights. Unlike the capitals of other European countries, Oslo hosts a high proportion of domestic flights, which account for nearly a half of Gardermoen’s air traffic.
The reason is simple – Norway is shaped like a tadpole, and a very long one at that.
If you were to turn the country’s northernmost point at Nordkapp southward, it would reach Rome, Italy. And due to the lack of railways, people in the middle and northern part of the country rely heavily on air traffic. As passenger numbers increase, OSL, like other growing airports, has had to face a certain degree of opposition from its surrounding inhabitants. Even though it is 10 km from the nearest village and there are very few households in the airport’s immediate vicinity, OSL is determined to maintain a good relationship with its neighbours. Noise pollution is high on the airport’s agenda, which is why its specialists are determining the optimal placement of air corridors to produce the least possible decibels in neighbouring villages.
The airport is acting like a good neighbour in another sense as well. Instead of sponsoring the national football league it is supporting the neighbouring seven communities’ children’s sport teams. This probably brings OSL less fame, but more pleasure out of the feeling that a seed for the future is continually being planted.
OSL Built in 1998 Lies 50 km north of Oslo Connected to the city with shuttle busses and a high-speed train.
Houses the SAS Museum of aviation and the Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection.