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Norway anti-alcohol organization criticizes duty free-airport improvements link. Increased income from tax free alcohol sales is helping airports in rural Norway improve their services. Alcohol and drug-related help organizations think the state should run and benefit from shop sales instead. State-run airports authority Avinor owns and operates 46 airports in and around the Scandinavian country. Most of their money, a total pre-tax result of NOK 1.3 billion (some USD 220.21 million/EUR 160 million) total last year, comes from air traffic fees.

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Norway anti-alcohol organization criticizes duty free-airport improvements link

Published on Tuesday, 29th October, 2013 at 09:36 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 29th October 2013 at 10:31.

Increased income from tax free alcohol sales is helping airports in rural Norway improve their services. Alcohol and drug-related help organizations think the state should run and benefit from shop sales instead.

Duty-free sign
Duty-free sign
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State-run airports authority Avinor owns and operates 46 airports in and around the Scandinavian country.

Most of their money, a total pre-tax result of NOK 1.3 billion (some USD 220.21 million/EUR 160 million) total last year, comes from air traffic fees.

At the same time, commercial revenue – which includes income from hotels, parking, dining and retail operations – has been rising sharply. This amounted to NOK 4.2 billion (some USD 711.56 million/EUR 517.1 million) in 2012, reported Vårt Land.  

But while the majority of airports make a loss, the financial gain means two airports in northern Norway’s Nordland County are expected to expand by next year.

“Avinor has planned to extend the runway at Sandnessjøen Aiport Stokka and Stokmarknes Airport Skagen in 2014,” reported the Ministry of Transport in their most recent White Paper on Avinor’s activities.

Domestic routes from Stokka are to Bodø, Brønnøysund, Mo i Rana, Mosjøen, Oslo, Rørvik, and Trondheim.

Flights departing from Skagen serve Andenes, Bodø, Svolvær, and Tromsø airports.

Anne-Karin Kolstad from Actis (external link), the Norwegian Policy Network on Alcohol and Drugs, does not think the alcohol-airport link idea is a good one, however.

“State-run Avinor having to sell tax-free alcohol to be able to give Norway better air services isn’t right,” she said.

Ms. Koldstad believes that it would better for the government run Vinmonopolet to take over alcohol sales at airports, while the State Treasury accrues the revenues.

“Avinor should get their funding through the national budget,” she added.

Vinmonopolet has said they are considering taking over the duty free alcohol business at airports when Avinor’s agreement with majors Heinemann/Travel Retail Norway runs out in 2021.

Sales of different alcohol types for the first half of 2013 were down between 0.2 and 5.6 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Meanwhile, improved airport services campaigner Ivar Kristiansen says he rests easy in his bed.

“I don’t lie awake in bed at night and think about the fact that Nordland will get better air services because Avinor’s tax free incomes are increasing,” remarked the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) regional director.



Published on Tuesday, 29th October, 2013 at 09:36 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 29th October 2013 at 10:31.

This post has the following tags: norwaytravel, dutyfreenorway.





  
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