With all the necessary agreements signed, construction has begun on the new airport.
“This is a great day for the city of Bodø and for us at Avinor,” remarked Abraham Foss, CEO of the airport’s operator.
The project has a long way to go though; the new airport is not scheduled to open its doors until 2029. But the prospect still enthuses Foss. “At Avinor, we’re highly motivated to work together with our partners at the municipality of Bodø and in the Norwegian Armed Forces to build an airport that will become a hub for traffic into and out of the region,” he commented.
According to Avinor, Bodø has always been an aviation city, being a connecting hub into the region’s interior and in both north and south. The recent contract signing covers preparatory works that will lay the foundations for full construction work to begin in 2024. Around 350 companies will be involved in the construction period, and the project will create around 3,000 jobs.
The new Bodø Airport will be located around 900 metres to the south of the present airport, which means the latter can remain operational until the time comes to switch over to the new airport. The new terminal will have a capacity of 2.3 million passengers a year. That, together with the operational buildings, will take up a total area of 25,000 m2.