Boarding the flight from Oulu to Tromsø. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Oulu traffic grows most, but Tromsø still busiest airport in northern Scandinavia

Scandinavian aviation authorities report a year-on-year increase in passengers at most northern airports in 2018.
January 17, 2019


Tromsø airport posts a solid rise in passenger traffic by 3% last year. The airport handled more than 2,3 million passengers. Domestic traffic was up 2% and a significant rise in traffic from abroad of 36% secures the strong increase, statistics from Avinor shows.

Second in northern Scandinavia is Bodø airport with 1,8 million passengers, down 0,4% from 2017.

Oulu in Finland is the airport where passenger traffic continues to fly higher than at any other airports in the north. Finavia’s statistics tells about an increase of 18% year-on-year. Nearly 1,1 million passengers were flying to and from Oulu in 2018.

Take-off from Tromsø. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Also the three other airports in northern Finland witnessed a jump in traffic with Rovaniemi up 11,2% to 644,144, Ivalo up 15,1% to 242,457 and Kittilä up 9,1% to 354,561 passengers last year. 

With that, Kittilä is handling more passengers than Kirkenes airport in Norway which reached 315,915, down 0,7%. Alta airport counted 386,662 passengers, up 1,9%. Fourth busiest airport in northern Scandinavia is Harstad/Narvik with 762,747 passengers, up 1%.

In Sweden, where the railway network is better developed than in the northernmost parts of Norway and Finland, air traffic declined in 2018.

Both Kiruna and Umeå reported a traffic decrease of -2%. Kiruna had 276,516 passengers, while Umeå was just over a million.


Luleå, the regional capital of Norrbotten, had 1,2 million passengers in 2018, according to Swedavia’s statistics.

Umeå airport. Photo: Thomas Nilsen




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