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The Foreigner Avinor to build gantries at the airport. Company succumbs to pressure and decides to install modern facilities. A long-running row is about to be settled. Since the new domestic terminal was opened last year, passengers have had to deal with being in the open when embarking or disembarking aircraft. Avinor, the company who is responsible for planning, developing, and operating the Norwegian airport network, has now given in to demands from both travellers and the Mayor of Stavanger, and is to install gantries. Cost “Why didn’t you build them in the first place?”

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Avinor to build gantries at the airport

Published on Thursday, 19th March, 2009 at 22:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Company succumbs to pressure and decides to install modern facilities.



An about-turn

A long-running row is about to be settled. Since the new domestic terminal was opened last year, passengers have had to deal with being in the open when embarking or disembarking aircraft. Avinor, the company who is responsible for planning, developing, and operating the Norwegian airport network, has now given in to demands from both travellers and the Mayor of Stavanger, and is to install gantries.

Cost

“Why didn’t you build them in the first place?”

“We consulted both SAS and Norwegian, and they said they wanted a simpler solution for their ground-operations. Our co-operation was in keeping with what is a growing international trend of providing low-cost solutions”, Leif Anker Lorentzen, head of the airport told The Foreigner.

Small airport

Lorentzen goes on to say that because Sola is a small airport, they cannot build gantries for every airline, though. So where are they going to build them then?

“Our proposal has been sent to the board of directors. We wish to build them for both the domestic and international terminals on the second floor, but we wish to prioritise the international traffic. There will be some bridges in addition”, he says.

Budget

All this is going to cost money, though. Lorentzen wouldn’t commit himself to any dates as to when construction will start.

“We have to wait for the board’s decision. We are a self-financing company who must bear the costs associated with these projects ourselves. As there has been a marked reduction in the amount of passenger-traffic recently, it’s still uncertain as to whether or not Avinor will have the money to invest in them.”



Published on Thursday, 19th March, 2009 at 22:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: sola, airport, avinor, travel, modern.





  
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